Novak Djokovic opens up: I cry every time I leave my family and home

Djokovic is married and has two kids with his wife Jelena.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic opens up: I cry every time I leave my family and home

Novak Djokovic admits that being away from his family has never been an easy thing for him as he reveals he cries every time he leaves home. Djokovic, 35, has been together with his wife Jelena for over 15 years. Together, Djokovic and his wife share two kids.

But even after marrying and becoming a father, Djokovic still continued to be a strong and dominant force in tennis. In an interview with Serbian sports journalist Sasa Ozmo, Djokovic opened up on the challenges he is facing whenever he needs to leave his home for his professional job.

Djokovic: I cry every time I leave home

"It is not easy, there is no golden formula. Just like anyone who travels a lot due to the nature of their work, I have difficulties when it comes to seeing my wife and kids, my parents, brothers…I do not get to spend as much time as I would like with my family – for instance, I will spend over a month in Australia now.

That hurts, I cry every time I leave home. Sometimes I wish it was different, but again, I am very grateful for everything that life has given me – my hardships are nothing compared to other people’s. I try to be aware of that fact, but I still miss my family very much.

I find myself constantly searching for that balance, together with my wife – sometimes I get it right, sometimes I do not. Life is like that, just like waves, up and down, so the most important thing for a man is to stay true to himself and to do his best to adjust to all the circumstances," Djokovic told Ozmo of Tennis Majors.

Meanwhile, Djokovic arrived in Melbourne after winning Adelaide. At the Australian Open, Djokovic is a record nine-time champion. Going into the Australian Open, Djokovic is dealing with a hamstring issue but he has indicated that he expects to be fine for the opening Grand Slam of the season.

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