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“We need to be open-minded, flexible and adapt” – Novak Djokovic on living through the COVID-19 pandemic

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Novak Djokovic, who won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open a few weeks ago, is now record holder for the most weeks spent as world number 1. While talking to a local TV channel in Serbia about the importance of record number 1, Djokovic also philosophized about how everyone had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is not surprising that the Serb believes that acceptance is the first step towards recovery. He stressed that the world must come to terms with the current pace of life, and also a compromise around certain lifestyle choices given the circumstances.

“I know that it is very difficult, especially if you are used to a certain pace of life, a certain way of life and certain patterns,” said Novak Djokovic. “And then something like that happens to the coronavirus, which has spread around the world over the past 12-15 months.”

“The biggest lesson I learn from this time is that we need to be open-minded, flexible and adaptable,” he added. “And, finally, accepting the circumstances we have in life, because when we accept, we can move forward.”

“I am grateful to be here today to tell you about my file” – Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic signs autographs for his fans after winning the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic signs autographs for his fans after winning the Australian Open

The eclipse of Novak Djokovic Roger FedererThe latest weeks spent as the world number 1 on the ATP rankings lately have been talking about the tennis community. The Serb has certainly reversed the course of the GOAT debate, especially since he is now just two slams away from equalizing the record for most major tournaments won by a male player – currently held by Roger Federer Rafael Nadal.

But Djokovic does not want to take anything for granted and on Monday expressed gratitude for the happiness he had in the midst of a pandemic. The Serb admitted that he was lucky to do what he loves, even while millions of others suffered, and sent a cordial note of support to all those affected by the global health crisis.

“People suffer in so many ways, so I am grateful to be here today to tell you about my file and that I can play the sport I love,” said Djokovic. “My heart, compassion and love go to all who suffer at this time in the world.”

Posted March 16, 2021, 12:18 AM IST


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