“I Run With My Wolf”: Wife Jelena Innovatively Provides Wolf Energy to Novak Djokovic During Battle at US Open 2021

Published 09/04/2021, 6:39 PM EDT
MONACO, MONACO – FEBRUARY 18: Jelena Djokovic with Laureus World Sportsman of The Year 2019 Nominee Novak Djokovic kiss during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)


It was the third round of the US Open and we had Novak Djokovic up against Kei Nishikori. Although the Japanese star claimed the first set, it was the Serbian ace who managed to end on the winning side, claiming the next three sets. 

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During the match, Novak Djokovic’s wife was cheering him on. The one thing that caught my attention was the t-shirt she had worn. There was a wolf printed along with Novak in the shadow. It also had a message that read, “I run with my wolf.” 

PARIS, FRANCE June 11. Jelena Dokovic, wife of Novak Djokovic of Serbia watching from the stands with his team during his match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the semi finals of the singles competition at the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 11th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Over the years, Jelena has accompanied her husband for various matches. She has even gone on and claimed that she is Novak’s biggest supporter. She runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation and takes care of its operations. 

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Reflecting on Djokovic’s season so far, he won the Australian Open, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final. In Paris, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and went on to win the title. In the final, he was down two sets and eventually fought back to win the title against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after recording match point against Tallon Griekspoor of Netherlands in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

After that, he was at the Wimbledon Championships. Out there, he won his sixth title beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final. In doing so, he has now tied up with Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles. 

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At the moment, he is looking strong and aiming to create history by becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles. We wish him the very best for the upcoming matches and the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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