“I want to continue raising the level of my game and stamina and this is a continuous process. I enjoy this journey, it feels like I am starting something new again and I love this challenge. I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again”, said Novak.
“I feel like this is a new chapter in my life. My career was always on the upward path and this time I’m experiencing how it is when the path takes you in a different direction. I want to find a way to come back to the top stronger and more resilient. I have so much faith in this process and that’s why I will take time to find the right person who I can connect with professionally. I have been on the tour long enough to know how to manage daily routines and I don’t want to rush my decision. I will be on the tour alone for a while with support of my family and management. I will inform the public when I find the right person, but for now I thank you for your support and understanding”, concluded Djokovic.
After splitting up with Becker at the end of last year Djokovic is now also ditching the team who seems to have been with him since the beginning. I think it makes sense given that he has struggled more recently since when he first rose to the top of men’s tennis.
There is plenty of surprise and dissatisfaction among tennis fans but I think Djokovic has deserved the right to make decisions without people questioning it since he won the personal slam and became one of the all-time greats.
Why should you be predictable and care what others think anyway? Successful people don’t do what others expect of them and they don’t play it safe. If they did what others do or what is expected they wouldn’t be any different from the rest, would they?
Djokovic is now one of the all-time greats and he can afford to take some more risks. When things are not working what do you have to lose anyway? He is making the change at quite an important time for him which is somewhat surprising but I’m sure he thought it over and did what he thought was best.
Mostly I like this decision because it shows he cares. He is not satisfied with the way things are going and he won’t rest until he has found his best tennis again. Tennis fans are always talking about how he ‘doesn’t care’ anymore and although I never bought into that kind of talk I do sometimes wonder how motivated he still is.
Djokovic is not easy to read which is part of why I’m a fan. I think he is still as motivated as ever but he is going through a slump like all tennis players do. He is only 29 and reached his peak only a couple of years ago.
No one knows the future but there is no reason he should not have plenty of years left at the top winning slams and breaking records. Federer’s peak was 2004-2007 and he is still winning slams in 2017. Djokovic obviously wants to make a new beginning and is thinking long term.
If he wasn’t still highly motivated and didn’t think he had much time left I don’t think he would have made this big a step. It’s like he is starting a whole new chapter and although I’m not expecting instant results I’m pretty excited!
- Madrid Draw
As you can see Djokovic and Nadal are in the same half again as in Monte Carlo. Hopefully, this time they actually meet and I think there is a decent chance of that happening. Djokovic’s draw is not that hard while Nadal has Kyrgios in his section.