Billie Jean King Tells Budding Tennis Players to Look up to Novak Djokovic

Published 10/08/2021, 1:33 PM EDT
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


World No.1 Novak Djokovic had a magical year in 2021. He played the best tennis of his life this year and managed to win three Grand Slam titles before losing to Daniil Medvedev at the Flushing Meadows. He’s been an inspiration for many this season and even Billie Jean King used his example to motivate a group of young kids.

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Novak decided to take a break after his incredible run in New York. He feels tired and thus, decided not to take part in the Indian Wells Masters 2021.

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Billie Jean King takes the reference of Novak Djokovic while interacting with some young tennis players

In a recent interaction with some young tennis stars, tennis legend, Billie Jean King, faced an intriguing question. She was asked what advice would she give to her 16-year-old self right now. Surprisingly, she took the reference of Djokovic while answering the question.

“If you listen to Novak Djokovic this year in his interviews, you know why he is No.1 in the world because he pays the price,” said Jean King while responding to the question.

Thus, Jean King emphasised that youngsters should look up to Djokovic. She also hinted that they should follow his path.

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“Always looking for an edge”- Jean King on Djokovic

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Jean King went on and hailed the 20-time Grand Slam champion for his fitness. She even highlighted that he trains all the time and is always looking for an edge.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“He’s the most fit, he’s always looking for an edge, he trains right. He stretches all the time. So, at 16. Just believe in yourself but pay the price,” added the 12-time Grand Slam champion.

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As of now, Djokovic’s return on the court is uncertain. He has already qualified for the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin and fans are quite excited to watch him play there. Will he be able to end the year as the World No.1 player?

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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