Days After Expressing Guilt Over Missing Daughter’s Special Moment, Novak Djokovic Makes Priorities Clear With Bold Davis Cup Move

Published 01/31/2024, 11:04 AM EST

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It has been a turbulent time for World Number 1, Novak Djokovic. While he was expected to defend his Australian Open crown, the Serb lost out to the eventual champion, Jannik Sinner, in the semifinals. It was a shocking performance, and the 24-time Grand Slam champion himself admitted that he had never played this badly. Moreover, he had to also miss his daughter’s special moment during the Grand Slam tournament Down Under. Following his Australian Open disappointment, he made his intentions clear about the rest of the season.

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Serbia is due to face Slovakia in the 1st round of Davis Cup qualifiers. The tie will be held later this week. However, Djokovic’s compatriot, Victor Troicki, made a major revelation about the World Number One’s participation.

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Recently, Troicki appeared in an interview with Sportal. During the interview, he talked about various subjects – from his career to his views about Djokovic. During the interview, Troicki was asked if Djokovic would come to Kraljevo to cheer on his teammates.

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Replying to this question, he said, “I don’t believe he will come, he is in Spain with his family.” Troicki’s statement might prove to be true, especially after Djokovic’s Australian Open heartbreak. Further, Djokovic has had a busy start to the 2024 season. Before the Australian Open, he participated in the United Cup, which acted as a warm-up tournament in the lead-up to the season’s first major.

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As a result, Djokovic hasn’t been able to spend quality time with his family. Thus, he has opted out of Serbia’s Davis Cup tie to be with his family instead. Moreover, he’ll also try to compensate for missing his daughter’s special moment during the Australian Open.

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Djokovic’s emotional toll of absence

The Serb is a father to a 9-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. As they grew up, his daughter’s first tooth went out while the World Number 1 was playing at the Australian Open.

Revealing his emotions about missing this special moment, Djokovic said, “You know my daughter’s tooth, the first tooth went out and I wasn’t there for her. So, I was like Arghh!.. Australia is a long trip, probably the longest we have in the entire year. My son is 9 and my daughter is 6, every day, every week they change.” 

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Before the season heats up further, Novak Djokovic is spending quality time with his family. Can he come back stronger in the upcoming tournaments? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Being a die-hard fan of tennis and an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal, tennis has been a part of my life even before I ventured into sports journalism. If I have learned anything from the incredible career of the ?King of Clay?, it is to constantly enhance your skill sets, no matter at what stage you are in your career. This motivated me to complete an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management while pursuing my career as a sports writer.
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