“I Still Want To Go to University”: Novak Djokovic Reveals Why He Wants To Pursue a Degree

Published 05/24/2021, 9:18 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia watches the final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on June 14, during the 3rd day of Summer Adria Tour, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)


In recent years, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has certainly set the bar in the men’s game. With time, the Serbian machine has perfected all aspects of his game. Today, he is the proud winner of 18 Grand Slam titles and is certain to raise that number.

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Recently, Novak Djokovic made an interesting revelation and spoke of his desire to pursue a university degree. He mentioned that it is one of the things he intends to do in the near future. As he had to make a career in tennis, he had to make sacrifices in order to be in the position he is in today. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The 34-year-old player stated, “But I still want to go to university. I don’t know if next year, or in five years, but I certainly want to get at least a degree. Not being able to do it as a young man saddens me. Although of course, I’m very grateful for everything I’ve had. After all, the University is not made only for children, you can attend it even at 40. It’s the house of knowledge, and I’m a very curious type.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Novak Djokovic is keen to study in the future

As Novak stated, an individual can wish to finish their education without being bothered about their age. He is interested in topics surrounding health and well-being. However, he wishes to study a course in ancient civilizations and archaeology. He is aware of courses being available online and with his packed schedule, that would be feasible.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021 Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with the trophy during a photo shoot at Brighton Beach REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

The 2016 French Open champion added, “The topic that involves me most is that of health, a very broad field. But I also like studying ancient civilizations and archaeology. In this period I’m really trying to understand what can interest me the most. Today, then, you can do a lot online, which is perhaps the best method for me, both as a tennis player and as a dad.” 

At the moment, like the other players, Novak Djokovic is focused on the second Grand Slam of the season, the Roland Garros. Although Rafael Nadal is tipped to lift the title, the Serbian ace has beaten Rafa on their many clay court meetings. 

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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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