The no. 1 player in the list of most Grands Slams ever won and currently the best tennis player in the world at top of the rankings, Novak Djokovic actually credits his success to something other than his famous ‘never give up’ attitude. The backbone of his gameplay is his wife, Jelena Djokovic who has been with him since 2005 and tied the knot in July 2014.
The story begins on a warm English afternoon when Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a thrilling 3 -1 after being a set down. In the post-match interview, he dedicates his win to his wife and family. In a pleasant coincidence, it was also his first wedding anniversary, sending the center court in aww.
Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon! He takes down Roger Federer in 4 sets to capture back-to-back titles. pic.twitter.com/B9DTA5Od5X— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 12, 2015
Not limiting herself to on-court cheering, Jelena is also the director of their charity work, the Novak Djokovic Foundation which works on improving the lives of children and young people of Serbia. The Foundation is a proof of Novak and Jelena’s dedication to civic duty and their collective faith in the ability of education to change people’s lives.
What advice does Novak Djokovic have for young ATP players?
Novak stresses the importance of parenthood in his life. He has deeply felt the joy of becoming a father twice and exclaims his game has become better ever since he took on the responsibilities of a dad. “That’s a kind of balance that I think allows me to play this well. Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I won many tournaments,” said Novak Djokovic in an interview as per Essentially Sports.
Even though Novak Djokovic plays an individual sport, he has consistently highlighted the importance of an understanding support system. Djokovic said, “The balance is to approach it with love and passion and find people who will be able to lift you up when you are not doing well.”
In continuation, when asked about marriage, Novak added with a little laugh, “I suggest to every player, ‘Get married, have kids, let’s enjoy this.” It shows what a wholesome family man Novak is.
Djokovic has always highlighted how Jelena has been crucial in his life. Especially, in assisting him to deal with challenges and tough times, such as injuries and setbacks. He often says that her care and compassion have kept him inspired and committed to his ambitions.