Celtic star Matt O'Riley: Novak Djokovic is someone I really enjoy hearing speak
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Celtic star Matt O'Riley reveals he is a big fan of how Novak Djokovic carries himself on the court as he believes there is a lot he can learn as a pro athlete from the 22-time Grand Slam champion. Djokovic, 35, is one of the greatest players in all sports history.
Djokovic's mental strength is one of the things that stand out about the Serb and many believe his mental game is one of the biggest reasons why he made such a stunning career for himself. “Novak Djokovic is someone I really enjoy hearing speak.
He speaks a lot about mindfulness. He’s been so many match points down but he just seems to look the same all the time. I think it comes from the number of times he’s been in those big situations. The top athletes are very good at that.
LeBron James is another who is always very focused and stays as present as he can. If he’s not then it’ll distract him from what he needs to do," O'Riley told The Scottish Sun.
Djokovic enjoyed a remarkable return to Australia
Last year, Djokovic was denied participation at the Australian Open and ultimately deported from Australia.
In late 2022, Djokovic was informed he was given the green light to return to Australia at the start of the 2023 season. In his first tournament back in Australia, Djokovic won the Adelaide International. Then, Djokovic clinched a record 10th Australian Open title.
After winning his 22nd Grand Slam at this year's Australian Open, Djokovic admitted that it was the biggest victory of his career. “Only my team and family know what we have been through these past four or five weeks.
This is probably the biggest victory in my life considering the circumstances," Djokovic said. Following his Australian Open triumph, Djokovic also returned to the world No 1 spot for the first time since early 2022.