Billie Jean King explains why Novak Djokovic is still best in the game

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Billie Jean King explains why Novak Djokovic is still best in the game

Former world No. 1 Billie Jean King has acknowledged that Novak Djokovic being No. 1 in the world and so successful isn't a coincidence as she insists the Serb puts up the needed work to be on top. Djokovic, 34, reached four Grand Slam finals this year and won three Major titles to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.

"If you listen to Novak Djokovic this year in his interviews, then you know why he’s No. 1 in the world—because he pays the price," King said, as quoted on Tennis Now. "He’s the most fit, he’s always looking for the edge, he trains right, he stretches all the time.

“So at 16 just believe in yourself, but pay the price”. King, who won 39 Grand Slam titles during her career, revealed three lessons she's learned from tennis that she continues to apply to life. "There’s three things: Relationships are everything," King said.

"Number two, to keep learning and to keep learning how to learn. "And number three, and this is what every athlete does: Be a problem solver and an innovator. I really want us to have a culture, among all of us, that’s strong”.

Djokovic in danger of missing the Australian Open

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews has made it clear to Djokovic that he won't be allowed to compete at the Australian Open if he doesn't get vaccinated. Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said he would be "shocked" if Djokovic missed the Australian Open over his vaccination status.

"With so much on the line for Novak, you've got to think that he's seriously going to think about it ... he's tied at 20 with Roger and Rafa for Grand Slam titles and he wants to take that over and spread that gap," Woodbridge said.

"Coming to the tournament that he's won so much, you've got to think he's seriously thinking about doing it. It would be a shock to me if he doesn't come to Australia."