In a press conference in Cincinnati, Novak Djokovic commented on what success in sports means to him. The Serb, who is seeking to beat all tennis records, said: "Sport offers those big life lessons in a very short amount of time on the tennis match, for example, in our sport, but I think what I like about college system in the United States is that you always feel you're part of the team.
Whether you win or lose, you are contributing to your team on the court, off the court. "I think that sometimes I get a sense that there is too much pressure on the shoulders of young tennis players, that they have to be Grand Slam champions, that they have to get into top 10, that they have to do this and that, you know.
The fact is, and the stat is that only 0.5 or 0.6% of players worldwide that actually played tennis that has been, I guess, noted or recorded on some stats succeed into making to top 100 of the world professionally. So what about 99.5% of the rest of the guys? You know, someone will say, well, that's life.
Face it. But I still think we, as a society, and sports have to address this in a little bit softer way and I guess with more compassion for those young athletes that, you know, if you don't succeed in making it to the top of your sport, then you still can succeed in life.
You know, it's not the end of the world." Djokovic is the defending champion this week in Cincinnati. He won his opening-round match against Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-1 to reach the third round.