Novak Djokovic on son Stefano: “He’s in love with tennis right now” | ATP Tour

A fun sight at Wimbledon was Novak Djokovic’s son, Stefan, joining the six-time champion on the practice court. What might be surprising is that Stefan seems to be developing a Rafael Nadal-like forehand and backhand.

“He likes to do that. He likes to intimidate me on the court by finishing the swing here. He knows I don’t particularly like it. I’m trying to teach him to finish that hand, swing, over the shoulder,” said Djokovic. “He does, but he also does. Whenever he does, he always laughs because he knows. We have such funny moments on the court.”

Djokovic may be chasing his seventh trophy at The Championships and 21st major title, but he made sure to enjoy every moment he got to share with Stefano, on and off the court.

“I try to take every available opportunity, possibility, time to play with him because he is fully immersed in tennis right now. Everything about tennis, how he knows how to play, he watches, he analyzes. We talk,” said Djokovic. “[Saturday] in the evening, when I put him to bed, he would ask me questions: What is the difference between racket head sizes, strings, why someone knits less tension, all these basic questions that children are very curious about.

“He’s in love with tennis right now. It was entirely his own desire to really devote himself to tennis. So of course I’ll be there for him. I never force him to be on the tennis court, but if he wants to, I try to always be ready to be there and play with him.”

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The 35-year-old said he will support his son “in any way possible” if he wants to pursue professional tennis in the future. However, the top seed said that Stefan was too young to think too far ahead about such things.

“It’s important to me that we have a relationship like father and son, first and foremost, above all else, and that he enjoys life, that he has fun,” Djokovic said. “They try different sports. Super important. I grew up skiing, soccer, tennis, martial arts, different things. I feel it’s very important to have, especially at this young age, a lot of input for kids from different perspectives and different sports and different movements, different activities.

“I don’t like it when kids do just one sport very early on. I feel it’s important to try different things because it helps the brain develop as well as motor skills.’

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