“Talking About Visualisation”: How Novak Djokovic Inspired WTA Star

Published 09/21/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been one of the most dominant players in the last decade. The Serbian has rewritten the history books of this elegant sport. Unfortunately, he was unable to achieve the elusive Calendar Slam after he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open 2021. 

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Recently, French tennis player Alize Cornet penned down her autobiography. In it, she talked about the importance of Novak Djokovic who guided her to the path of meditation. Alize claimed that meditation put her in a positive state of mind both on and off the tennis courts. 

MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 08: Alize Cornet (FRA) shows dissatisfaction after missing a point during her second round match at WTA Coupe Rogers on August 8, 2018 at IGA Stadium in Montréal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old stated, “When I heard Novak Djokovic talking about visualization, I told myself I needed to try. I always kept diaries and also writing a lot of poems that range from when I was eight years old through when I was 25. Writing is a way for me to express myself, especially when I was going through tough times or not feeling happy on tour, which was unfortunately quite often.”

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The Frenchwoman used to keep diaries and developed a habit of writing poems right from her childhood. It was her method of expression and helped her when she went through tough times while being away from home on the Tour. However, after she picked up on Djokovic‘s habit of meditation, she was in a better state of mind. 

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Speaking about Djokovic, he is a unique character. In recent times, he has figured out all the right things to do when he has been in unfavorable circumstances. He goes to meditations camps from time to time and this has helped him become a giant on the court, mentally. After the US Open loss, we hope to see him back on the court soon again. 

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Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to the crowd after winning a game in the third set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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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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