Novak Djokovic thanks Jeena Gencic for her boundless love for tennis

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Novak Djokovic thanks Jeena Gencic for her boundless love for tennis
Novak Djokovic thanks Jeena Gencic for her boundless love for tennis (Provided by Tennis World USA)

As reported by the Express, Novak Djokovic attributes his love of tennis to a lucky encounter with former tennis star Jelena Gencic after watching the 1993 Wimbledon final on TV. Djokovic's career could have been very different if he hadn't met Jelena Gencic.

Nole first met her in a chance encounter while she was tutoring other kids near her family's pizza place, asking if she would join him after seeing that she was interested in sports the day before her. Djokovic said during an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: "My parents ran a pizzeria, it was called Red Bull.

They built the tennis courts right opposite. I was six years old. I don't know if it was written in destiny that I should become a champion, I told her I don't believe in coincidences, nothing happens by chance and everything has a reason.

But I believe in luck. And it was lucky that Jelena showed up. There was no place for me on the court and since behind the fence I watched the other children play. Then I turned on the TV looking for a tennis match, and there was the Wimbledon final: Sampras beat Courier.

The next morning Jelena came up and asked me: good morning kid, you know what Is it tennis? I replied: Yes, yesterday I watched the Wimbledon final! And she said: do you want to try it? Jelena saw something inside me. I learned everything from her.

If I'm such a perfectionist, it's because she was. I had discovered Monica Seles, and it made me think like this: do you want a coke? Monica Seles does not drink coca-cola. Do you want a burger? Monica Seles doesn't eat at fast-food.

She made me grow as a man too, she prepared me for life. My holistic approach, attention to what I eat, how I sleep, how I recover, how I welcome my thoughts, I found it in her."

Nole is ready for the Roland Garros

The Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, will officially begin in a few days.

The red clay of Paris begins and the most awaited man is the current number three in the world Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion last year was stopped by Rafael Nadal, but now the Spanish tennis player will not be there and Nole, together with all the most interesting young players of NextGen, is one of the great favorites of Paris.

There is great expectation and Nole can reach 23 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic is training in the best possible way for the tournament, a tournament that sees him in the upper part of the draw, the toughest one where there are also Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Russian Andrey Rublev, all experts and very skilled on this surface.

There could thus be a great challenge between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, expected for the semifinals of the tournament.

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