Novak Djokovic is known as a mentally strong tennis player and one of the strongest in that regard. However, in 2018, he thought about retiring and leaving tennis forever. His wife, Jelena Djokovic, recalled those moments. Namely, Novak Djokovic had an elbow injury for which he had to undergo surgery.
When he returned from the operation, a series of defeats followed, which led him to consider quitting tennis.
"I don't know if I'm going to stop for six months, a year or forever" - Novak Djokovic In an interview on "In Depth with Graham Bensinger" Novak Djokovic arrived home one day and revealed to everyone that he was going to take a break from tennis.
At the time, he didn't know how long that break would last, but Novak had an intention of taking a break from everything. “He told me that he is resigning. He lost in Miami. It was a terrible loss and then she got together with everyone and said 'guys I'm done' and I was like what? He said yes,” Jelena said.
“Then he told Eduardo that you can talk to my sponsors. I want to be clear with them. I don't know if I will stop for six months, a year or forever. Just tell them that if they feel like staying, they can."
Novak Djokovic: I was always struggling with respiratory problem
Novak Djokovic revealed in one of the interviews that he had respiratory problems as a boy, which affected his health in his youth, especially on the field.
Djokovic also had problems with allergies. All this had the effect that the Serb had to give up matches, but later he successfully fought with it. “I was always struggling with respiratory problem, a kind of mild version of asthma and suffocation during the night for many years since I was seven years old.
For some reason, you know, as the time was passing by these allergies were gaining more intensity in terms of the reaction I felt. It was just getting stronger and stronger and the place where I felt that the most was always the tennis court.
That’s where you know, emotions kick in expectations, pressure, and when you mix it all together, you get a formula that is causing you to really experience some major health problems on the court. And because of it, I was retiring matches and I was it took me a lot of time recover."