Novak Djokovic and Lebron James’ Secret to Longevity Unveiled as Former Pro Sheds Light on the Major Edge Over Yesteryear Legends

Published 10/26/2023, 5:40 AM EDT

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As it turns out, the bold assertion made by Novak Djokovic that “36 is the new 26” is indeed justified. At the age of 36, the Serbian tennis star is still doing wonders, having recently achieved another incredible feat at the US Open. After securing his 24th Grand Slam title in New York, the ‘Djoker’ now currently leads the men’s major title count. In doing so, the ATP legend has further reclaimed his world No. 1 status, surpassing the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. The reason behind his exceptional longevity was recently uncovered with parallels to another star.

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Just like Djokovic, there is another big name in the sporting realm who is also pulling off some remarkable achievements in his late thirties. It is none other than the NBA legend, LeBron James, who hit the all-time scoring mark in the previous season. Emphasizing James and Djokovic’s endurance in their respective sports, the former tennis pro, Prakash Amritraj, recently brought to light a major reason behind the same.

Tennis veteran discusses the two modern-day GOATs, Novak Djokovic and LeBron James

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In the latest episode of the Tennis Channel Live Podcast, Prakash Amritraj recently opened up about how modern sporting greats hold a great advantage over yesteryear legends. The tennis veteran claims that athletes’ knowledge of proper nutrition and training has greatly increased, allowing them to recuperate faster.

Amritraj said, “I think the knowledge has improved a lot. So you’re able to do so many things to one recover better, two train more intelligently. You also have your nutrition much better. I mean, even when I played which really wasn’t too long ago, the nutrition wasn’t where it is.”

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The former tennis pro went on to mention the likes of Novak Djokovic and LeBron James and how they have benefited from the same. The 40-year-old added, “And that allows you to be able to do it for much longer. I mean, you look at all sports, you got Novak over here, you have LeBron entering what his 21st season in the NBA, the guys moving around like a 21-year-old. So I think all of that starts to play a little bit of a difference.”

However, this wasn’t the case when Prakash Amritraj was competing on the tour, as he shed light on the challenges faced by the previous generation of players.

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The former tennis player on how the 90s generation lacked adequate direction

During the podcast show, the 40-year-old candidly said that the players in the 90s didn’t have adequate knowledge about training. In the process, Prakash Amritraj also mentioned some of the tennis greats, like Boris Becker and Pete Sampras.

He said, “Now the recovery wasn’t where it is now how you train and how you periodized your training wasn’t is where it is now. You know, I grew up idolizing all the players who played in the 90s, the Petes the Beckers, the Edwards and so forth, and it was completely different even then. So I think as the knowledge gets better, you start to learn how to do things a little bit better.”

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What do you think of the tennis veteran’s views on modern sporting greats like Novak Djokovic and LeBron James? Let us know in the comments section.

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Anurag Gusain is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching the Spanish legend Rafael Nadal dominate other superstars on the ATP Tour. His coverage of Nadal's 14 French Open titles has been hailed as some of the best in the business, showcasing his talent for storytelling and his ability to capture the essence of the sport.
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