Former ATP Player Applauds Novak Djokovic for ‘Helping Other Players and Taking Care of Running the Academy’

Published 10/11/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/David Gray


Younes El Aynaoui is a professional tennis player from Morocco who is presently working as a coach at Novak Djokovic’s academy in Belgrade, Serbia. The five-time ATP champion absolutely relishes at the Serb’s academy. He has now built a great sense of understanding with Novak Djokovic.

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In a recent interview, the former World No.14 lauded the passion Djokovic possesses for his academy. He said the 20-time Grand Slam champion is hard working and always checks up on his academy.

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Former ATP player admires Novak Djokovic

Younes El Aynaoui discussed the Big Three in a recent interview. He started by saying, “Great. Novak is amazing. He decides every little thing for the academy. He plays a Grand Slam tournament, is number one in the world, helps other players, and also takes care of running the academy. I couldn’t have done that. Even shortly before a match, he checks whether everything is going well at the academy.”

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after his match against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

El Aynaoui appreciated the time Djokovic spares for his own academy. According to him, playing tennis at such a high level hasn’t changed him at all. Younes El Aynaoui has established some great understanding with the Serb since he started working as a coach at the Novak Djokovic Academy.

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El Aynaoui considers Big Three as the Best

Although Younes El Aynaoui praised Novak Djokovic, he still believes that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Djoko are the best tennis players of all time. The coach has competed with Federer and Nadal but not with Djokovic.

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The coach quoted, “I played against Federer and Nadal when they were both relatively young on the tour. I won against both of them once. I see all three of them as the best, even if I never played against Novak. It’s a pleasure to have the top three players in history in one era.”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Moroccan applauded Nadal’s self-control as well as Federer’s elegant form. According to him, it’s a delight to witness three of the best tennis players of all time in one era.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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