Nole arrived to Abu Dhabi to play the Mubadala Tennis Event and he gave a press conference on Thursday January 1st.
He said the ‘incomparable’ and ‘deeply fulfilling’ experience and his quest to claim the only Grand Slam to elude him at Roland Garros in June are sources of ‘positive energy’ rather than stressful distractions.
Speaking ahead of the launch of his Abu Dhabi title defence, which begins on Friday at Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium, Djokovic said: “How has fatherhood changed me? It’s definitely given me a larger dimension and perspective on life and has deeply fulfilled me.
“I’ve had some very joyful moments in my life so far, but nothing can really compare to becoming a parent. I’m really blessed to have this opportunity to become a parent and I try to enjoy every moment. It’s not easy work, but I find it as a source of positive energy and love — pure love.” “I don’t look it as a commitment or obligation or something I have to do. It’s just something that comes naturally as a parent.
“It’s not going to affect me. In the last two tournaments of the year, I performed very, very well and I am just trying to build on that. It’s going to require a little bit more organisation and more people travelling and more overweight bags.
“But generally it’s very positive. You wake up a few times at night, but there are worse things in life.”
He also talked about winning Roland Garros:
“You could say that it’s going to add pressure to me and I could be stressed about achieving that goal,”. “But I rather like to use the more positive source of that energy. I find it an inspirational and motivational goal of winning a Grand Slam or being number one in the world.
“It’s something that drives me to keep on practising and keep on working hard, even though you feel tension and pressure at Grand Slams. But from the very early stages of my career, I have been trying to be confident and set up a high goal. I still feel physically very fit and strong.”
And he said about the match between Real Madrid and Milan. H said it was ‘an awesome experience’ to share the limelight with the galacticos of Real Madrid on Tuesday night in Dubai. Nole displayed his keepy-uppy skills at half-time in the friendly match between Real and AC Milan at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, much to the delight of a packed crowd of 40,000. He said he ‘enjoyed every moment’ of his cameo appearance and said he seizes every chance to learn from other sports. “I think like every athlete, I like to watch other sports and football is one of them. I follow my team from Serbia — Red Star Belgrade.
source: Gulf News