“I hope it’s recognized for the things he will do after his degree is over, after I leave the world of tennis, which I hope will happen next year“, so he has confessed Srdjan Djokovicfather of world number two, to sportsal on the occasion of the premiere of the documentary ‘Novak Djokovic – Untold Stories’available on YouTube.
The 36-year-old’s father scores the same date of goodbye to Rafael Nadal. It was the Spaniard himself, in this case, who announced that 2024 would be his last season on the tennis courts. And it could be for Djokovic as well.
I hope that he will be recognized after he leaves the world of tennis, which I hope will happen next year.
Or, at least, that is his father’s wish: “It’s not the end yet, but in a year and a half let’s say… That would be my wish as a father“. Although he assures that as far as his wishes are concerned, the world number two “already fulfilled all of them seven or eight years ago. The rest is this amazing bonus. Tennis is just a part of his life, not all of it.”
His mother, Dijana, agrees that Novak Djokovic will continue on the circuits for another year or two. However, she points out that “everything depends on him, as far as I’m concerned he can stop now, he has won everything“.
Srdjan Djokovic explains that “physically and mentally it has been a very demanding challengehas been completely dedicated to this for 30 years and without lifting the gas pedal, there is not much time for other things in life.”
Fatigue keeps him out of Toronto
A few days ago the tennis player announced that he was withdrawing from the Toronto Masters 1000 due to fatigue. The Serbian may have raised a march, which would fit with the idea that his father has of him saying goodbye to tennis: “I imagine a slow but safe farewell“.
However, the Serbian He wants to leave tennis at the top, being the absolute champion in the race for the Grand Slams. The Serbian accumulates 23, one more than Nadal, the next on the list.
When he was a junior I couldn’t afford to pay for a coach to accompany him. We were jealous of those kids from rich countries who went with a full team
The competitive gene is something that has been growing within Djokovic since his beginnings in the world of tennis, which were not exactly easy. Srdjan recounts that “we were alone, without a city, without a country, with nothing. when i was juniorwhen we went to the tournaments, I couldn’t afford to pay him a trainer to accompany him. I was everything, his father, his mother, his physical trainer, coach…”.
A situation that aroused the “jealousy of all those children from rich countries who went with a full team.”
The episode of Australia and the return to American lands
That day in January 2022, when Djokovic set foot in Australia and was immediately arrested for not being vaccinated, he was one of the most difficult moments for his family.
“At first I thought it was a joke. It seemed like a movie to me, but I realized that my son was being wrongfully imprisoned. He had no windows, he couldn’t contact anyone. It was simply pathetic and terribly difficult for us, “said the father of the Serbian star indignantly. To which his brother, Djordje, added that” we fought for justice and, in the end, we have achieved it. I think that now they’re realizing how ridiculous they were“.
I think that [en Australia] they are realizing how ridiculous they were
Djokovic himself has not ruled on the exact date on which the racket will hang. For the moment, the August 14 It is the next one that the Serbian contemplates, which is when his return to play the Cincinnati Masters 1000. He returns to American soil two years after his last presence there and will be the only tournament that played in the prelude to the last great of the coursethe US Open.