Novak Djokovic honors Kobe Bryant, describing why he loves tennis so much

At the press conference after the victory over De Minaur at the Monte Carlo quarters, Nole gave a beautiful example to explain his love for tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic honors Kobe Bryant, describing why he loves tennis so much
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"We need to add several things to what Kobe Bryant said about the noise of the basket. For us tennis players it is the sound that comes after each shot, the sound of the ball. In some tournaments it has a better echo than others.

It's interesting though, because I only enjoy the sound of the ball when I watch my games or follow those of others. When I play, strange as it may seem, I can't really hear it. I find myself in a sort of zone where I don't hear the sound of the ball. "

At the press conference after the victory over Alex De Minaur at the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, a journalist asked Novak Djokovic to describe the emotions he feels when he plays tennis and the reasons that push him to move forward with the same passion.

Nole took as an example Kobe Bryant's famous NBA farewell letter published in The Players' Tribune. The late Kobe's letter inspired the making of the short film Dear Basketball, with story and screenplay by Bryant himself and directed by Glen Keane.

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Nole honors Bryant and tennis

A project that received the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Oscar ceremony. In that letter, Kobe Bryant explained the reasons that first chose and then unconditionally loved the sport that made him famous.

"Obviously we must also mention the energy of the public and the competition. I like the training, the course and the competition itself. Maybe not as much as I used to, but I still love competing. I like feeling the thrill, that feeling of butterflies in the stomach, that you get before taking to the court.

Even though I have played many matches in my life, I still get that feeling of nervousness and excitement before playing. There is also the appeal of unpredictability: no one knows who will win. You never know if you will play the way you did during a practice.

It often happens that I play incredibly well in training and then experience completely different sensations on the pitch or vice versa. It's the thrill of the unknown. You dream and hope to win a match, conquer a tournament, make your dreams come true," said Nole.

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