Novak Djokovic has had a scintillating second half in his 2018 season, winning both the Wimbledon Championships as well as the the US Open crown. In doing so the Serb equaled Pete Sampras’s tally of 14 grand slam titles in the singles division. However, he said that tennis comes second in his life now, as he has other priorities that come before tennis.
“I mean, look, tennis is a big part of my life. I enjoy the sport. I love this sport”, says Novak Djokovic, “I love competing, travelling, you know, being around people who care about me, who sacrifice their lives for me to be here and most of their time”, he added. “I don’t take that for granted. I understand that many people who are not as fortunate as I am to do what they love to do. To be top of the world in this sport, it’s quite a remarkable, so I always try to remind myself of that.”
Despite his success and passion for the sport, Novak Djokovic insists that family comes first always. “Things have‑‑ big things have happened in my life recently”, said Djokovic. “Of course I got married so of course, these are the joyful moments in life one can experience. That obviously is going to affect my priorities in life. But tennis‑wise I’m going to, of course, as long as I have this passion for the sport, keep on going and keep on practicing and working and hoping that I can win many big titles”.
Djokovic also opened up on his struggles in the past two years. “For the last 2 years, I wasn’t patient with my tennis expectations. I wasn’t wise in strategizing”, he said. “And I certainly wasn’t clearly hearing my body telling me that there is something serious happening with my elbow. I was trying to find solutions somewhere else and solution was always inside of me.”
“The feeling of having my son in my wife’s arms at the trophy ceremony in the Players box was the most wonderful sensation I have had at any tournament that I have ever won in my career.” “Everyone keeps on asking me to describe the feeling. I have said it is unforgettable, special, fulfilling, wonderful, joyful. But most of all, it is Magical! When I thought that moment could not get any better, he shouted “Daddy, Daddy!” That’s when I completely melted. I am so grateful to have experienced that”.