Novak Djokovic: '15 years ago tennis wasn't as professional as now'

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Novak Djokovic: '15 years ago tennis wasn't as professional as now'

Novak Djokovic commented on the history of tennis and the way to success for younger guys. "First of all, there is always, you know, some special players coming up from every generation. There is no specific rule for some unique talents and players that made the history of this sport.

But in general, I feel because tennis has improved so much and professional sport in general that young athletes are more dedicated, more professional, more responsible. They understand the kind of holistic approach to, so to say, professional tennis and professional sport in general.

15 years ago when I was making my breakthrough, I didn't think it was as professional as it is today. You know, you see guys like Hubert or Denis or Felix or, you know, the leaders of the new generation or Tsitsipas, Zverev, they all have big teams of people around, experts, for every field.

They got everything covered. So they are fully committed, they know what they are doing, and that's what it takes. I think in general, tennis has improved as a game, and I think that's what incentivized and inspired young athletes to follow up."

Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka was asked at what kind of performance he is in terms of percentage: "It's tough to really say where I am right now. I think in practice court I'm playing really well. I didn't find a way really to play really well in match the last few weeks except maybe Madrid a little bit.

Yeah, I'm still believing with myself, I know I'm ready for it, and hopefully, it can arrive this tournament."