We all know, more or less, the story of Novak Djokovic. Growing up in Belgrade devastated by NATO in the 1990s in the context of the war in Yugoslavia, the Serbian champion has known the sound of bomb explosions and the desperate cries of his fellow citizens from an early age.
In a war-torn Serbia, Novak certainly didn’t have an easy childhood. The World number 1 was pretty emotional when talking about this aspect of his life. You could see in his eyes that this meant a lot to him. “Well, you learn from your parents obviously.
I mean I they teach you some fundamental things in life. They made us realize you know, how important it is to have the awareness about how you spend, what you save. But also the circumstances like in which we grew up, going back to the situation where my dad put 10 Deutsche marks on the table.
You know that’s all you had. So I think also those circumstances and the environment taught us big lessons about money and money being something that you have to value and respect because you have to earn it, you have to work hard for it.
And when you do it doesn’t belong to you, it’s just a mean that goes through and it allows you to live a nicer life but it does not give you happiness, it does not give you joy, that is something completely different" - Nole explained.