As we wait out the tennis tour suspension resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, we take a look at some old memories. Novak Djokovic was quite a spitting image of himself as he is today even back in 2001. His forehand has retained quite the same style as well.
The recent cancelation of the Indian Wells and Miami Open events has morphed into a six-week suspension of the Tour. As long as the COVID-19 pandemic runs amok across the globe, it is unlikely the season will resume. Rightly so, given the public health is most important in times like these.
Novak Djokovic in 2001
Just because we cannot watch some live tennis doesn’t mean we cannot revisit some old memories. Check out the video below featuring a 14-year-old Novak Djokovic hitting some ferocious forehands during practice.
Just look at him go 😮
This is @DjokerNole firing forehands at 14 years of age!
(via @tennisnewsmachine Instagram) pic.twitter.com/F3RTDzDNOZ
— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 14, 2020
Fast forward about 19 years, and the same budding young player now reigns supreme in the sport. The hard work during his early days has certainly paid off. The Serb now boasts one of the most illustrious careers in the history of tennis.
He ranks third in men’s tennis with the most Grand Slam titles with 17. He also ranks second in the most ATP 1000 Masters titles with 34, one behind Rafael Nadal. Moreover, he is the only man in ATP history to win all the Masters 1000 titles.
All in all, Djokovic already has a massively successful career, but his hunger is far from sated. After a perfect start to the year, Novak took home all the titles he participated in, including the ATP Cup, Australian Open and the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
He was looking increasingly invincible with every event. The World No. 1 was happy to let his intentions be known to everyone too.
“The new season has started the best way possible, that is winning the ATP cup with Serbia and afterward defending the title at Australian Open. I’m motivated, as well inspired, to maybe achieve the best year in my career so far.”
Unfortunately, Djokovic will have to somehow gather up his momentum again once the season resumes. It won’t be easy by any means to get back to the level he was playing at, but then again Novak Djokovic can do pretty much anything if he puts his mind to it.