What do I learn from Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic! Well, isn’t the name enough to arouse respect and admiration? For me, it sure is. Being a fan of this star tennis player for quite a long time, I thought it’s about time to share the reasons I respect him so much. 

A Glimpse of his Record-Breaking Career

Novak Djokovic

Born to rule the world of tennis, Novak Djokovic is the number one tennis player across the world currently. He holds numerous records, and his performance is applauded by men, women, children, and competitors alike. A few of the many achievements of Novak include holding the top position consistently for 270 weeks without a break, winning 20 Grand slam singles titles: eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three Us Open titles, and two French Open titles. “Order of the Republika Srpska”, and `Order of St. Sava’ are among the numerous awards bestowed on him. 

Okay, I guess that’s enough to get an idea of his tremendous success in the field of tennis. And since the list will continue forever if I go on counting his achievements, I will rather stop here. However, he wasn’t born successful. No one is. But the hardships he endured during his childhood make him even more respectful and a greater person in the eyes of his fans.

Adversities he overcame in his Childhood

He was born in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and was brought up there. His childhood wasn’t easy at all as it was the time of several wars. He said in an interview “My upbringing was in Serbia during several wars during the ’90s, difficult times, embargoes in our country where we had to wait in line for bread, milk, water, some basic things in life. These kinds of things make you stronger and hungrier for success I think in whatever you choose to do. That probably has been my foundation, the very fact that I came from literally nothing and difficult life circumstances together with my family and with my people.” 

He faced difficulty, struggled but didn’t quit. Coming from such a humble background and soaring so high in his career as well as life is quite an inspiration. The attitude he has had since his childhood is what has made him reach the peak of success. 

Novak Djokovic

Meeting with his Passion

He was introduced to the game he would make a career on, at the age of just four. Serbian tennis player and coach Jelena Gencic who spotted Novak Djokovic in 1983 in a fast-food joint, was the one to identify his amazing skills and went on to coach him until 1999.

Arrangements were made by Gencic herself for his further training under former Croatian tennis player Nikola Pilic. Novak’s international debut was made in 2001 at the young age of 14. He won the European championship’s singles and doubles titles. And the never-ending successful journey started.

That was again about his achievements. No doubt, he is a star in the field of sports. 

But there are many attributes that make me look up to him apart from his prodigious career. And I would like to discuss those now.

Exceptional talent combined with a strong character is what makes Novak Djokovic. Extremely devoted to his professional life, he is also devoted to humanitarian work.

He founded the “Novak Djokovic Foundation” in November 2007 to help provide proper education and other essential resources to the underprivileged children of Siberia so that they could lead a better life. Not just that, he also donated $20,000 for the early childhood program undertaken by “Melbourne City Mission”. 

Let’s find out about his diet!

Another aspect of Novak Djokovic that makes him the perfect mentor to learn from, is his dedication to maintaining his diet. Needless to mention, his fitness routine includes his daily exercise. His day starts with Yoga or Tai Chi, followed by a healthy breakfast. His day consists of heavy workouts using weights, stretching exercises. He intakes protein drinks immediately after the 1-hour workout that he does in the afternoon. Gluten and dairy products stay out of his diet and sugar intake is also restricted. Vegetables, beans, white meat, fruit, nuts, lentils, and all such healthy stuff are consumed by Novak Djokovic. Another interesting thing is he concentrates solely on his food while eating. It takes discipline and dedication to maintain such a diet.

Special Attributes Contributing to His Greatness

Let’s talk about some more qualities that contribute to making him an extraordinary being and which I aspire to imbibe in me.

  • Optimism: He never loses hope, even in the times when things aren’t going in his favor. This never-say-die attitude of his makes him special and keeps adding feathers to his cap time and again. The surroundings he was in as a child forced him to develop a fighting attitude which he well retained until adulthood. This proved to be nothing but helpful to him, “Failure was never an option for me or anyone in my family. We needed to find the basic needs to survive. That’s strengthened my character”, said Djokovic in an interview.
  • Giving his Best–  Novak plays to win. Aggressive in the field, ambitious in his dream, he is the man who teaches us to stay strong and achieve our goals despite everything going against us in the outside world. Efforts never go to waste and putting 100% effort is his habit. He keeps getting better at what he does because he never stops putting in effort and every human should strive to attain this habit.
  • Physical Fitness– His strong points as an athlete include flexibility, speed, core strength, and balance. As just discussed, all these take time and extreme dedication. Coming from a not-so financially secure family or country, he nonetheless managed to make his way into the top players of the world all by himself. This could not have been possible without the physical fitness that he has.

Each one of us should possess the ability to be grateful in our lives. Last but not the least, I would mention his most special characteristics which I strive to implement in my life- gratitude and spirituality. A proud Christian, Novak is a religious man who believes in culminating positive emotions. 

Hence, with a plethora of goodness, pool of talent, and life of inspiration, Novak Djokovic is and will always be the mentor I’ll look up to.

I find the perfect end to this article in his own words, “I don’t like to talk too much about myself, but I consider myself and everything as a divine soul. I consider myself a man grateful for everything he is, who wants to realize his thoughts on this planet and in this life. I am very happy to be healthy, to have a family, succeed in my great love, and that is the sport of tennis. Overall, I feel complete.”

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