Novak Djokovic says knowing how it feels not to have much has made him being so appreciative of what he has today. Djokovic grew up in Serbia, in the 1990s, when the situation in the Balkans was pretty chaotic. Now, Djokovic is a global superstar and one of the most accomplished athletes in the world.
But Djokovic has never forgotten his roots and what he had to endure in order to be where he is today.
Djokovic on his humble attitude
"I think it has a lot to do with the environment I grew up in. As I have told before, I grew up in the 90's in Serbia, with wars, sanctions and difficult times to live.
My parents suffered a lot just to be able to eat. I have been lucky to belong to this sport, which is not cheap. I fell in love with tennis and my parents helped me, even though it was extremely difficult for them," Djokovic said.
"It comes from appreciating life and these kinds of circumstances, knowing what it feels like to have nothing and then have so much in life. That gives you perspective to respect everything that comes with a more positive and humble attitude.
It's not always something that helps me, but it makes it prevail when I use it." When Djokovic was asked to give his thoughts on Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian players from competing at the tournament, said he didn't agree with that and noted he knows well how it feels to be discriminated against.
Djokovic felt that Russian players were the subject of discrimination and that it was unfair to ban them. "I was a victim of that, as were many Serbs. I am a child of war, I know what it is like to lose close people, some still suffer because of all that. I will be against it forever," Djokovic said.