Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic revealed last Thursday that his fiancé, Jelena Ristic, was pregnant and that they would be having their first child in 2015. Although he is not the only elite player on the tour to be a father during his peak years, Djokovic is excited about the new chapter in his life and the impact it will have on his professional career.
“What does a baby mean for a champion? Immense joy! It”s the beginning of a new chapter in my life and I am very happy about it,” Djokovic told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. “When the baby will arrive, Tennis will not be the first priority anymore” said Novak, who then added: “it will be tiring, but I am sure it will also give me extra energy and motivation to pursue my career.”
Djokovic also pondered over his own childhood and provided a contrast of how his kids will be brought up in a more privileged environment.
“The more a man studies, the more he adds a value to himself. I always want to learn something new. When I was a kid I took my responsibilities, growing up on a low economical budget, but setting clear goals for what I wanted to do as an adult. Not having had nothing for free makes me appreciate life even more”.
Djokovic is scheduled to compete at the Mutua Madrid Open, which takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain.