‘Love This From Novak’ – Djokovic’s Insightful Reflection on Mental Strength Stirs Up an Inspired Reaction From Former World no.1

Published 02/07/2024, 5:19 AM EST

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In addition to his remarkable on-court accolades, Novak Djokovic is known for his mental strength, dedication, and meticulous preparation. While amassing a number of titles on the men’s tour, the Serbian tennis star has talked openly about his mindset, training, and tools. And now it looks like some of Djokovic’s strong words about his great fortitude have had a profound impact on the former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters.

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The Belgian WTA veteran recently came across a video clip of the 24-time singles Grand Slam champion, where he talks about the inner battle he faces and how he prepares to win it. While lauding the ATP superstar, Clijster recently dropped an inspired reaction on social media.

Kim Clijsters hails Novak Djokovic for his inspiring words about great fortitude

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Prior to his campaign at the Australian Open, the Serbian tennis player discussed how Mental strength is something that everyone can train with ‘different techniques.’  While some people might naturally have more than others, Novak Djokovic asserted that players can work on it every day and become stronger athletes mentally. In an interview, Djokovic’s mental strength was being labeled as his ‘great gift’ before the Serb intervened and said, “I would have to correct you. It’s not a gift, it’s something that comes with work.” 

He also brought to light some techniques, including ‘conscious breathing’, which has helped him face his inner battles and storms. Djokovic said, “There are different techniques. Conscious breathing is a big part, especially in the moments when you’re under tension. I might appear locked in but trust me there’s a storm inside and the biggest, always, battle is within.”

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Speaking about “negativity” and whether or not it impacts the entire match, the current world number one player also issued his honest take. He stated, “I don’t like this kind of a mindset that I see a lot of in sports like just think positive thoughts, be optimistic, there’s no room for failure, there’s no room for, you know, for doubts and stuff like this. It’s impossible. You are a human being.

Djokovic’s insightful reflection on mental strength has now inspired the 4-time singles Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters, who shared a video clip of the Serb’s interview on her Instagram stories. The Belgian WTA veteran also added the caption,“Love this from Novak!”

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What do you think of the Serbian tennis legend’s insightful reflection on his fortitude? Let us know in the comments section.

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Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ?King of Clay? over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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