Novak Djokovic: Tom Brady is my inspiration, I learn a lot from him

Novak Djokovic will start the season with an exhibition against Carlos Alcazars in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia

by Sededin Dedovic
Novak Djokovic: Tom Brady is my inspiration, I learn a lot from him
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Novak Djokovic, the holder of 24 Grand Slam titles and who is considered one of the best tennis player of all time, starts the new season with an exhibition match against Carlos Alcazars in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, causing great anticipation in the host country.

During the press conference, Djokovic addressed various topics, including his future in the sport. When asked how long he plans to continue playing, the 34-year-old Serbian expressed optimism that he will play until he is 40, and maybe even later.

"I feel great, and I believe that I will play at least until the age of 40, and maybe even after that. Let's see," said Djokovic, who was officially declared the best athlete in Europe in 2023.

An NFL legend as an inspiration

Djokovic revealed that he draws inspiration from Tom Brady, the legendary quarterback with the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.

"Tom Brady is an example of someone who had a long and successful career. He spent many hours taking care of himself and his body, recovery and mental preparation, and this allowed him to be on the field even at the age of 45.

I know him personally and I try to learn from him," Djokovic said. Reflecting on his outstanding performance in the past year, where he won three Grand Slam titles and reached the Wimbledon final, Djokovic expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

"It's been one of the best seasons of my life, and why should I stop when I'm playing great? Let's go year by year and see how far I can go," he said. After the exhibition in Riyadh, Djokovic should travel to Perth for the United Cup, and from January 14 he will defend his title at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season.

Tennis enthusiasts around the world are eagerly waiting to see if Djokovic can maintain his exceptional form and extend his great career in the coming years.

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