Watching him play, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Novak Djokovic was born with a tennis racket in his hand.
But, actually, he had to wait until his fourth birthday before he got his hands on one, and a video exists capturing the moment it happened.
In the video, we see an adorable young Novak Djokovic looking quite glum on his birthday before the present of a racket completely lifts his mood.
He actually hugs it before running out into the street to hit some balls.
Djokovic recently recounted his tough childhood in war-torn Serbia, although he says it got him to where he is today.
“My upbringing was in Serbia during several wars during the ’90s, difficult time, embargo in our country where we had to wait in line for bread, milk, water, some basic things in life,” Djokovic told reporters following the 2020 Australian Open final, in which he beat Dominic Thiem.
“These kind 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.
“Going back to that, reminding myself where I came from always inspires me, motivates me to push even harder.
“That’s probably one of the reasons why I managed to find that extra gear or necessary, I guess, mental strength to overcome challenges when they present themselves.”
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