It has been just over a month since Novak Djokovic's extraordinary victory at the Australian Open. The Serbian champion suffered a serious abdominal injury in the third round match against Taylor Fritz, but that did not stop her from overcoming obstacles and winning the 18th Slam of his career.
Behind Djokovic's undertaking are the name and surname of Ulises Badio, the Argentine physiotherapist who has followed him for years and who, together with Marco Panichi, takes care of every detail of his physical preparation.
Not everyone knows that an established Italian orthopedist introduced Ulises Badio to Djokovic. This is Giovanni Di Giacomo, who revealed this curious background in an exclusive interview with the newspaper "La Repubblica" "I can confirm that I approached the Argentine physiotherapist.
For Djokovic it was a moment of reflection on the people who were close to him and for whom his staff was rethinking a bit. I am happy that Ulises contributed to Nole's triumph in Melbourne. also because he was trained in northern Italy, in the Veneto region.
And he has followed all of our courses, so it can be said that Italy has made a great contribution. I don't want to question Djokovic's injury management: if he won, remained No. 1 and has the recent history that he has, he's certainly right.
So he handled himself well. In general, athletes have understood how physical handling has become a priority. I would add, as if to say, the goodness of Djokovic's choices: I am also thinking of Marco Panichi, the coach: therefore, people who have a very high profile, cultural and professional depth at the sports level, so I absolutely feel that can guarantee your choices."
Novak Djokovic stunned the tennis world when he lifted his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021, despite playing with an injury. The World No. 1 played brilliantly and yet again defended his title in Melbourne. He hasn’t played professional tennis ever since, and fans are desperately waiting for his return.
However, his fellow countryman and former tennis player, Janko Tipsarevic, revealed his personal relationship with Djoker. In a recent interview, Tipsarevic mentioned that Djokovic is a really nice guy off the court and is very humble as well, which makes him a champion.
Janko Tipsarevic on Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is incredibly humble off the court,” began Janko Tipsarevic. “He is probably talking about this stature, the most unmaterialistic person that you would ever meet.
Like when you normally create generational wealth, people like this tend to change. Novak, from the moment that I know him up until this point, didn’t change one single bit in any way. [He is] definitely the most unmaterialisitic person that I know.
A guy with a big heart who is always trying to help everybody, especially Serbia and his teammates,” added the former World No. 8 player.