Serena, Novak Get Wimbledon's Groove Back

Tennis stars bust a move to 'Night Fever' at champions' dinner
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2015 11:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – After winning titles again on Wimbledon's grass, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed they can cut a rug, too. Reviving a bygone tradition, Djokovic and Williams busted a move at the Grand Slam tournament's annual champions' dinner yesterday, dancing together to "Night Fever," the Bee Gees' disco hit from the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. "I was very pleased," Djokovic said at the All England Club today, a day after beating Roger Federer in the final to collect his third Wimbledon title and ninth at a major. "Serena is a great dancer." Williams, who won her sixth Wimbledon trophy and 21st at a major on Saturday, tweeted a link to a photo of her and Djokovic at the dinner and wrote: "congrats @DjokerNole we brought back the dance!"

There used to be a formal ball held each year at the end of the tournament, and the men's and women's singles champions would dance there—but the musical part of the proceedings was discarded decades ago. Djokovic calls it a "tradition that was a bit forgotten" and says he suggested to Williams and the chairman of the All England Club that they bring the dancing back. "They accepted it, fortunately," Djokovic says. As for the choice of song, Djokovic says: "I was thinking more of a waltz or something, I would say, more sophisticated, something that blends in, in the environment and the beautiful hall where we had the dinner yesterday. But Serena wanted to move a little bit more, so then we considered other options and 'Night Fever' came to life."

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