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