Novak Djokovic meditates to keep fear of defeat, stress away
Novak Djokovic says meditating has helped him overcome fear and stress that comes with playing elite tennis.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic says meditating has helped him overcome fear and stress that comes with playing elite tennis. The 12-time Grand Slam champion, 30, says he often turned to the practice during his long spell out of the game last year with elbow trouble. The Serb former World No. 1 is playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon in July and he has a brand new support team, headed by eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi as coach.
Djokovic said after reaching the fourth round of the year's opening Grand Slam that he now meditates on a daily basis. "Yes, I do. I'll tell you what. I don't want to tell you what I gain with it, but I'll tell what I lose with it," he said. "I lose fear. I lose anxiety. I lose stress. I guess, at the end of the day, that's what you're looking for."
Djokovic has become involved in meticulous off-the-court preparation in recent years. He has a strict, gluten-free diet and is an advocate for well-being. The new year has given him the opportunity to analyse aspects of his game and preparation.
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