Wanted to quit tennis: Novak Djokovic delivers emotional speech at Laureus Sports Awards

first_img Akshay Ramesh MonacoFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 13:49 IST Novak Djokovic attended the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday along with his wife, Jelena (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic was named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his careerNovak Djokovic will be bidding to complete a Calendar Slam at Roland Garros after having won the Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian OpenDjokovic said it’s ideal to look inwards and find answers during the time of adversitySerbian tennis great Novak Djokovic conceded he had struggled to find the motivation to continue playing the sport after an injury-marred season in 2017. Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards, Djokovic reflected on his comeback journey and thanked his wife, Jelena for helping him overcome the toughest period of his celebrated career.Djokovic, on Monday, pipped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge, and LeBron James to be named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his career.Djokovic revealed his comeback journey from the elbow injury seems like a fairytale and that he did a lot of inner engineering to find the “purpose and meaning” for playing tennis.Djokovic was looking down and out after being knocked out of Australian Open 2018 in the fourth round. The Serb had said he was unsure about a return to dominant form after early exits in the Sunshine tournaments last season. Djokovic also admitted that he had rushed his comeback from the long-standing elbow injury that had cut short his season in 2017.”I would like to thank my wife for taking time and for presenting me in a different light and I think that the rare occasions we can share our personal journeys and who we are behind the curtain and I think you’ve done it much better than I would do it,” Djokovic said.Welcome to #Laureus19 @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/9zixe31T9a#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019pic.twitter.com/FqmXFY3paeNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 18, 2019″Your support has been tremendously significant to me in those moments when I was questioning everything when I was going through my doubts and dilemmas whether I want to keep on playing tennis. And yes I did think about leaving tennis and I did think about everything else and I just didn’t find myself in a good balance in life at that point.advertisement”I did feel like I let myself down when I had surgery – you were right – and it took me several months to find that purpose, find the meaning again.”I’ve had to do a lot of inner engineering as I like to call it, especially in the last 15 months, coming back from a major injury and having surgery and being very impatient and anxious to come back,” Djokovic added.”And then being on the verge to leave the racquet aside and now I’m standing in front of you and reflecting on that journey, it seems like a fairytale story but it tells me one thing.”In those moments when you’re facing adversity and feeling challenged, you should look inside because that’s where the answer lies. I did not understand that fully, I had heard that before but I think when I went through this journey I understood what this means and I now know where I can always find strength and motivation to keep me going.”It was fitting that we gave the last words of #Laureus19 to an athlete who epitomises so much of what we admire in our sporting heroes.What a speech @DjokerNole… pic.twitter.com/kQpZm5RK1M#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019Djokovic roared back to form at the Wimbledon in 2018, clinching his fourth crown at the All England Club. Ever since he has been dominant and has reached the No. 1 spot in the men’s singles rankings. Djokovic added the US Open title to his famous trophy cabinet last year and begun 2019 on a high, winning the Australian Open title after beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a one-sided final.Also Read | Paes, Sania and Bhupathi need to work together for Indian tennis: Boris BeckerAlso Read | Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi OsakaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Jelena DjokovicFollow Laureus Sports awardsFollow Kylian Mbappe Wanted to quit tennis: Novak Djokovic delivers emotional speech at Laureus Sports AwardsNovak Djokovic, on Monday, pipped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge, and LeBron James to be named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his career. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Facebooks untapped potential Instagram video and other services

SAN FRANCISCO – If you’re starting to notice more ads on Instagram, it’s all part of Facebook’s plan.Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has steadily built its advertising business to become the world’s second-largest digital ad platform after Google. Now it’s looking at ways to make more money from video ads and from newer services like Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing app that it bought for $1 billion in 2012.Instagram recently announced it has over 400 million monthly users, surpassing the 300 million who use the rival social networking site Twitter. While Facebook has been introducing Instagram ads slowly — to avoid irritating users by overloading them with commercial messages — the company said in September that it would allow more kinds of ads, including longer video spots, on the photo-sharing service.With those new formats, Instagram could produce more than $250 million in revenue for the current quarter, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena estimates. Businesses will spend about $600 million on Instagram ads this year — and nearly $1.5 billion in 2016, according to research firm eMarketer.“When we talk to advertisers and ad agencies, they’re very interested in Instagram,” said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson.One reason: In recent years, there’s been a debate over whether teens and young adults are forsaking Facebook in favour of newer, trendier online services. But Williamson said young adults are “very visually focused and pretty heavy users of Instagram.”Facebook doesn’t disclose how much of its revenue comes from Instagram. The company beat Wall Street estimates on Wednesday by reporting third-quarter net income of $891 million, on revenue of $4.5 billion. Profit was up 11 per cent, while revenue grew 40 per cent from the same period a year earlier.More than 1.55 billion people now visit Facebook at least once a month, up 14 per cent from a year ago. Daily users increased by 17 per cent, to 1.1 billion. As in previous quarters, Facebook said a majority of users are visiting Facebook on mobile devices, and mobile ads contributed 78 per cent of the company’s ad revenue.Those results drove Facebook’s stock up more than 3.5 per cent in late trading, after shares closed Wednesday at $103.94.Facebook has seen continued growth in revenue and users over the last three years, but the company is growing more slowly as it gets bigger. That’s led it to consider new ways of showing advertising.Facebook is also increasingly introducing new ways for its users to share and watch video on the social network, positioning itself against Google’s popular YouTube service. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts Wednesday that Facebook users are now watching more than 8 billion video clips a day on the site, up from 4 billion in April. (Facebook counts any clip played for at least 3 seconds as a “view.”)Analysts say Facebook has huge, untapped potential in both video and its growing stable of apps and services, many of which operate separately from the main social network. That includes Instagram, the WhatsApp messaging app and Oculus VR, which makes virtual reality gear.More than 800 million people are now using WhatsApp, the messaging app Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014, and another 700 million people use the Messenger service that Facebook developed internally.While the company hasn’t spelled out plans to make money from those apps, chief financial officer David Wehner told analysts Wednesday that he’s confident “there are going to be opportunities” in the future.Zuckerberg also cautioned that it will take time for virtual reality technology to gain wide adoption. But chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg stressed Instagram’s more immediate potential during the company’s quarterly earnings call.For advertisers, she boasted, Facebook and Instagram are the “two most important mobile platforms out there.” Instagram offers advertisers the same targeting and measurement capabilities they can get with ads on Facebook, she added.Facebook still handles less advertising than Google, its biggest rival, but its share of global spending on digital ads is growing, according to eMarketer. The firm estimates Facebook’s share will be 9.6 per cent this year, up from 8 per cent last year, while Google’s will drop from 32 per cent last year to 30.4 per cent this year.Experts caution that Facebook must be careful as it introduces new kinds of advertising, so it doesn’t overwhelm or annoy users. The company worked closely with advertisers to make sure the first ads on Instagram “met a high bar” for esthetics and creativity, Williamson said. Still, she said she’s recently seen “a couple of duds.”Sandberg acknowledged that concern, telling analysts the company is monitoring the quality of ads closely. by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facebook’s untapped potential: Instagram, video and other services FILE – In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) read more