“We Get Tired of Watching”: Novak Djokovic’s Wife Speaks About His Non-Stop Fascination With Tennis

Published 05/09/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: (L-R)The Djokovic family, Novak’s mother Dijana, Novak Djokovic, Novak’s brother Djordje, Novak’s father Srdjan and Novak’s wife Jelena pose during the Adria Tour Final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the most dominant tennis players in the modern era. He is very committed to the sport, and the results delivered by him highlight that aspect. However, there are moments when his fascination for the game gets on the nerves of his family members.

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Recently, Novak’s wife Jelena spoke about her husband’s unwavering obsession with tennis. She also spoke about how she and her children accompany Novak to the tournaments and how their time eventually gets utilized. Even after his matches, he returns to the hotel and watches tennis, which at times annoys them.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Jelena revealed details of their outings with Novak and stated, “The dynamics of our trip is mostly such that we know the hotel rooms, we know the way to the tennis courts and we know the local parks of the place where we are. Novak is someone who grew up with that intensity of “break ball, match ball, break ball, match ball”, but we get tired of watching, we change the channel to rest.”

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Novak Djokovic’s commitment to tennis remains high

When Novak returns home, he goes on YouTube and analyzes matches of his opponent in the next round. His commitment and dedication to the game are unquestionable. Jelena mentioned that she is still trying to get used to this habit of her husband’s. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Jelena further added, “He is in it non-stop, when he returns home he watches on Youtube and analyzes what happened in another match, who is the next opponent, what the competition is doing. He is very dedicated and a great professional. This is a news story that I’m trying to get used to. I’m still doing it less successful than I’d like in terms of getting tired of traveling a lot and insisting that travel be less frequent in order to be better quality.”

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Moving on to tennis, Novak won his 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year. He is currently in Rome, preparing for the ATP Italian Open. Following that, he will look to claim his second French Open later this month.

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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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