Novak Djokovic says he doesn’t know how his parents were able to afford to give him the chance to play tennis, but he’s grateful they found a way.
Whilst tennis is often seen as a sport of privilege, Djokovic came into the game amid a backdrop of poverty in war-torn Serbia.
It was the most humble of beginnings for one of the sport’s greatest ever stars, but Djokovic still doesn’t know how his parents did it.
“I’ve been so fortunate in my life to have parents that were very strong in midst of the war and hardship that we were living through during the 90s.
“And have their unconditional love and support to play the sport that wasn’t even a tradition in our family or in our country.
“It was very expensive sport, but somehow they managed to do it, to actually buy me racquets and I could have a coach and I could have conditions that were fair enough or good enough for me to grow up to be a professional tennis player.”
Novak Djokovic recalls he was seven years old when tennis started to consume his dreams, so what would he tell his seven-year-old self if he could? “Dreams are achievable. Everything is possible.
“I was seven years old and I was constructing this improvised Wimbledon trophy and, and looking in my own mirror in the room and telling myself I’m the best tennis player in the world and I’m the Wimbledon Champion and I was dreaming of that.”
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