“My Absence Hurts Me a Lot”: Novak Djokovic Tears Up During US Open 2021 Press Conference

Published 09/12/2021, 10:58 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) is overcome with emotion during an interview with ESPN hist Chris McKendry (R) during the trophy ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


The US Open 2021 ended on a surprising note. Daniil Medvedev denied Novak Djokovic supremacy over Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer with his maiden championship. Hopes for the 21st Grand Slam and the historic stretch towards a calendar slam, both went down in drain as the Russian prevailed.

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In the on-court ceremony, the Serbian accepted Daniil deserved to win more than anyone given his form. But he touched a totally different chord in the post-game press conference when he went all emotional.

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Novak Djokovic discussed his family and other priorities

The 34-YO was very much in control of his emotions when he came to the press conference. He discussed what could have been a turning point initially in the second set. Also, he briefly touched upon the fact that the Big Three are still in the game and that he’ll keep stretching for more.

However, the point that he made about his personal life was a little cryptic and noteworthy. The 20-time grand slam champion expressed, I have different priorities when you look at life as a whole. I want to spend more time with the kids, I have promised myself that…

The flawless night of play from Daniil Medvedev certainly pushed the mindset-beast in Novak to the brink.

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Djoker and his most recent post with family

Notably, Novak has two kids, Tara Djokovic (4) and Stefan Djokovic (6), who often travel with their parents to the tours. But did Djoker mean he’d skip more tournaments to spend family time? It’s best known to him.

Interestingly, the last time the Serbian posted a picture with his wife and kids in the same frame was back in January. Take a look at this click from their Christmas celebration – 

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Jelena Djokovic is a proud wife and her recent tweet about a blog-post she had made for her husband is living proof. She was there in the box to cheer for Djoker all through the tournament, and perhaps Novak owes her and the family some personal time.

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So what do you think, can Novak use the off-season to replenish and come back for revenge? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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