Novak Djokovic says he is not always proud of what he does on court, but he prefers to forgive himself his flaws rather than condemn himself for them.
Djokovic is a fierce competitor on court, as you would expect from someone who has accumulated the records he has.
Some tennis fans, though, are not fans of some of his on-court behaviour, with everything he does attracting heavy scrutiny.
However, while he says he sometimes does things he is ‘not proud of’ during matches such as displays of anger or frustration, Djokovic believes we should all have the right to be defined by our triumphs, not our flaws, especially when you are dealing with your own demons.
“One of the main reasons I keep on playing tennis is because I feel tennis is a battlefield, for me, not just externally but internally,” he told Chervin Jafarieh.
“I relive some of the old traumas and past patterns and angers and anxieties and those kind of emotions that I resent and that I am ashamed of.
“At least I was [ashamed of them], I am not anymore. I have learned over the years to accept [myself].
“Even though when I break the racquet or swear on the court or scream or do something I’m not proud of because I know there are a lot of kids around the world watching.
“But then in the next moment, how I react to that is the key. My reaction to that is not putting myself down by accepting and loving myself and saying ‘it’s fine, I forgive you’ and you move on.
“I’m not afraid to say that I’m a flawed human-being. I have my mistakes and my errors and my trials and tribulations.”
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