56 Ravaged Rackets Later, ‘Flawed’ Novak Djokovic Serves Up a Self-Critical Assessment -‘I’m Ashamed’

Published 12/11/2023, 12:42 AM EST

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Novak Djokovic knows what he is capable of doing as an athlete! But sometimes, things go a little out of his way and take an expected turn that raises fingers at him. While he is known for his calm and chaotic nature on the court, his aggressive form has grabbed a lot of attention during his tennis career.

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It’s all about him breaking rackets on the court. Recently, in a 60-minute conversation, the 24-time Grand Slam champion reflected on his aggressive actions on the court. Not only did he talk about his thoughts on his aggressive side, but he also went ahead with a detailed assessment of himself over the same topic.

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Every time the 36-year-old Serbian tennis player is stuck in a situation during a match, he breaks rackets to vent out his frustration. Recently, in an interview with CBS News, the world’s number-one ranked tennis player made a self-assessment regarding the aggressive acts he often pulls up on the tennis court.

He stated, “Well, look, you know, I, I have broken rackets in my (laugh) life, you know. No doubt about it. And I’m not proud about that. And I’m ashamed of myself when I do that, no doubt. But at the same time, you know, I accept myself as a flawed human being.”

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Whether it be the Wimbledon final or any other prestigious event, the Serbian tennis player’s aggressive action has always kept him in the spotlight. Till now, Djokovic has smashed around 56 rackets during his outbursts on the court. Along with that, he also stated that he is not perfect and has flaws just like any other human being.

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Not only that, earlier this year, the Serbian tennis player emphasized the same concern as he apologized for his wild ATP finals act. Along with that, he also highlighted some of the smartest ways to let go of his frustration during his time on the court.

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When Djokovic revealed the smartest way to let go of his frustration

During this year’s ATP Finals, in a match against Holger Rune, the Sergeant Tennis Legend experienced a moment of stress and relieved his frustration by breaking rackets in the match. In a post-match press conference, the 24-time Grand Slam champion talked about how he regrets breaking every racket. But at the same time, for him, it’s a way of venting frustration at the right moment.

He said, “I definitely don’t like that I have done that, but I have done it and that is it and I have to take responsibility. There are different ways, maybe smarter ways to let go of the frustration than breaking a racquet (smiling).” While according to him, breaking rackets was the smartest way to handle frustration, he has always been apologetic for his actions at the same time.

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Nevertheless, what are your thoughts on his breaking racket self-assessment? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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Watching the biggest sports events have been a part of my life right from my early childhood. Although I have grown up watching a variety of sports, including tennis, cricket, and esports, I have a special connection to tennis. Thus, when it came to building a career in sports journalism, I focused on the racket sport.
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