Nine-time Australian Open champion, Novak Djokovic says he had wanted to quit tennis in the early days of his career,2010, but thanks to his coach Marian Vajda that spurred back to spotlight
The Serb, who turned professional in 2003, got his first feature in the Grand Slam in 2005. The 33-year old won his first major in 2008 at the Australian Open, upending Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
He was at the initial stage, reached two semifinals in the majors before he got to be at his first Grand Slam final in the United States, at which world number two, Rafael Nadal defeated him to win the US Open title in 2007.
However, he had a challenging 2010, going trophyless in Grand Slam outings as he could only reach the US Open final with Rafael Nadal. Again, the Spaniard beat Djokovic to be the first Spanish player to be to bag the biggest American tennis crown since Manuel Orantes in 1975.
“I have experienced some huge challenges during my career, when I wanted to leave tennis,” he started
He referred back to his tie with Austria’s Jurgen Melzer at the Roland Garros quarterfinals, at which Melzer won the five set encounter in 2010, describing it as a saddest day which had discouraged him to play tennis
“Back in 2010 when I lost in one quarterfinal match at Roland Garros I felt like my world was falling apart and my dreams were shattered, and I was not good enough to achieve what I wanted to achieve.”
“I was sobbing and I was crying in my coach’s room and I was just really in a bad place.
“I was suffering, emotionally, a lot, because I just felt like I had hit the wall and I can’t go any further.” the 18 time Grand Slam champion narrated
They (his team) let me cry and let me liberate all these emotions that I was experiencing and I am so grateful for that because that was such a key moment there.
“The narrative in the sports world is that a coach has to be someone that uplifts you, shows you that you have to be stronger when you feel weak.
He thanked Vadja for pulling him out of those emotional and trying moments of his career.
“For me, the best coaches are the ones who are there for you as friends and human beings, who are your shoulder to cry on and lean on, people who understand you and let you spill your guts out when that is what you need.” Dojokovic said.
Recently, Djokovic won the Australian Open to close to the numbers of Grand Slam won by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer (two more to go).
He will also surpass Federer on Monday for most weeks at world number one, holding the top spot for 113th week.
He will return to the court in the Miami Open slated for this month (March 22 to April 4).