Novak Djokovic: “I Have Discipline, Professionalism”

October 7, 2018 12:25 pm

Novak Djokovic answered the critics with his amazing turnaround, in the second half of the 2018 season, by winning the Wimbledon Championships as well as the US Open. Despite the kind of tennis he played, Djokovic in all humility and modesty, said that it was a team effort and that he could not have done it without the people surrounding him.

Djokovic recalled that his country was not a nation were tennis was widely played. His parents went to great lengths to ensure that he got what he needed. “Considering the fact that Serbia was not a tennis country. We didn’t have any tennis history”, said Djokovic.”We had Monica Seles that played for Yugoslavia before she came to the United States, and Divojinovic and couple more player, but Serbia was never specifically a tennis country.”

“It was more team sports, basketball, volleyball”, he continued. “That’s where we had lots of success. So young kids coming up, whoever wanted to become an athlete was looking up to these team sports. Tennis was very expensive, especially at the time when we had wars and economic crisis and a lot of problems as a country”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic also recalled that it was his parents who started it all for him, sacrificing their desires to accommodate Noles’s expenses. “To to be able to buy a racquet and pay a coach and all these things were really expensive for our standards”, said the US Open champion. “But my parents made a sacrifice. I was blessed and grateful to be out here and with their help.”

He also said that he had a disciplined manner in which he carried out his day-to-day routines because of his professional and experienced team. “I was fortunate, as well, to be meeting on the way of me growing up as a tennis player, developing as a tennis player, some people like Jelena Gencic, Niki Pilic, those people who have great knowledge about this sport and experience”, said Djokovic. “These people are more than just tennis coaches. They breathe tennis. They lived every day and they have this positive fanaticism about the sport. So that’s where I have this discipline and professionalism. It comes from that time.”


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