“Make Use of the Opportunity”: Novak Djokovic Reveals His Rapport With Tom Brady and Sporting Legends

Published 11/27/2021, 1:18 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the most dominant player on the men’s tour at the moment. Especially noting his performances this season, the Serb has registered one of his best seasons this year. Currently competing in the Davis Cup, Nole talked about the advice he has sought from legends of other sports.

Djokovic mentioned having talked to the LA Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant in the past. Additionally, he also talked about his relationship with the NFL legend Tom Brady. 

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The 20-time Grand Slam winner stated, “I was close with Kobe Bryant, as well as Monica Seles, Andre Agassi and Boris Becker, who were my coaches, and Pete Sampras. I have spoken often with them, and I speak with Tom Brady frequently about training and recovery.”

Novak Djokovic seeks advice from former greats 

Novak has certainly been smart about seeking the wisdom of former greats, learning from their vast pool of experience. He mentioned talking to players like Monica Seles, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Boris Becker. He mentioned that he goes to these former greats whenever he feels low and needs a solution to problems. 

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The 34-year-old added, “I make an effort to make use of the opportunity to share something with all sportsmen and sportswomen, things that aided me or hindered me, and I ask questions, especially to those who have reached the pinnacle of their sport.”

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Coming to tennis, Djokovic won the first three Majors of the season this year. He came within touching distance of the elusive Calendar Slam at the final major of the season. However, he was stopped by Russian powerhouse Daniil Medvedev, who captured the first Grand Slam win of his career. 

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The Serb is competing in the Davis Cup and led them to victory against hosts Austria in their first game. He’ll be hoping to end a terrific season on a high before turning his attention towards 2022 and the Australian Open.  

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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