Novak Djokovic offers a sweetener ahead of Australian Open

Written by Associated Press | Melbourne, Australia | Updated: Jan 13 2014, 01:59am hrs
It was a sweet deal. After answering an assortment of questions about his coach and his prospects for winning a fourth consecutive Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic halted his pre-tournament news conference and walked around the auditorium offering chocolates to the assembled critics.

He originally offered chocolates as a sweetener last year at Melbourne Park, as a way of apologizing because he had to skip a scheduled photo shoot for the champion.

As he opened the boxes of chocolates Sunday, he explained it as "a little tradition we started last year.''