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SBD Global/October 8, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Djokovic, Gayle Celebrate Wins By Joining Gangnam Style Craze

World No. 2 men's tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC "delighted fans in Beijing" on Sunday with a rendition of the famed horse-riding dance from pop hit "Gangnam Style" after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win his third China Open, according to the AFP. The 25-year-old "fulfilled a promise made earlier in the week to copy the moves to the Internet sensation by South Korean rapper PSY." Djokovic "looked nervous and reluctant at first following the request by the tournament's compere, but soon strutted his stuff" along with several ball-boys and girls in front of the crowd of around 10,000. Djokovic said, "Nothing was planned." He added, "So I had to hold my promise, and it was fun. I think it was obvious that I was the worst dancer there out of the small group, but it still was quite a lot of fun" (AFP, 10/7). Meanwhile in Dubai, K.R. Nayar reported West Indian cricketer CHRIS GAYLE danced "Gangnam Style" to celebrate his team's Twenty20 semi-final victory. Gayle performed the dance for TV cameramen after "steering his team" to the World T20 final against Sri Lanka. One scribe said, "It is a dance on the grave of the Australians." When asked about his moves, Gayle said, "It just happened...not really planned. That's me. Depending on the mood I am in, I do something crazy. But it's a good dance" (GULF NEWS, 10/6).
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