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Novak Djokovic tells Uniqlo that the secret of success is Love

And the reason for the smiling faces of the world NO. 1 tennis player is??
Because of the overwhelming results last season?
The victory in the Australian Open?
Or is the most win and highest annual award earned in the history?
All of the above are great accomplishment.
But the true reason is much simpler and more interesting for us to know.

February 15, 2016 * BY JED ALGER (Translation by Christine Wong)

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Firstly, Novak is having a gluten-free diet. However, he does not recommend it to somebody by force. Rather he would say, “You cannot determine what is good for other person, even that is good for yourself”. Novak always have deep insight into matters. He is striving to pursue for excellence by reviewing himself, making modification and correction. He simply repeats these processes.

“There are not many athletes taking gluten-free diet.” It was something like common sense to eat meat so as to play at a world level. But there is not something you must do in life, except dies. Novak joking a little bit, but his words are full of intelligence. He believes “life is a gift” and you have to accomplish your life to the full.

Novak accomplished many great achievements until now. After boyhood in Serbia tormented by bombing and a dispute, he stood in the world top in tennis and established the career as a top player. Even though, according to him, the challenge has just still begun.

“I want to see how far I can go”. What he means is not only to tennis but also to the life.

This is the approach for the life of Novak — to continue being healthy, it also means a way to achieve the rest of the purposes.

“What level can I achieve with my mind and body? I still have much to learn and I think being hungry for learning is important. I feel wonderful as I keep myself hungry. I may lose creativity and freedom and aim if I am not hungry anymore.

“I want to see how far I can go”. What he means is not only to tennis but also to the life.

May be you have heard that Novak is emotional before. He told us what he valued most.

“Balance is the most important thing. To keep the balance, I do my practices on tennis court and thinking every day. To accept both joy and anger and other extreme emotions is natural for me.”

For younger brothers as an elder brother, for his wife Jelena, which they went high school together, as a husband as well as for a child born between Jelena as father……my life was filled with charm. I have a calm heart while spending the most of the life under the eyes of the peoples of the world. I am thankful for what I have achieved and the life I have.

Novak says “As a tennis player nowadays, we cannot just hit the ball to become the top of the world”. “It is necessary to fix the whole of the life. Family, social nature, flexibility, spiritual strength, feelings, curiosity……. All these are more important than just tennis!”

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It is necessary to fix the whole of the life. Family, social nature, flexibility, spiritual strength, feelings, curiosity……. All these are more important than just tennis!”

Keep your learning heart and keep balance, always hungry for curiosity. These are the advice from Novak, who is having an extremely simply life. “What is the secret of success?” The unexpected answer from the strongest tennis player in the world is “Love”, as simply as that but you can feel this answer well fit Novak.

Love is the innermost secret. When loving oneself, it’s possible to sympathize with others. The family is loved, the world is loved and tennis is loved. “How to work that out when we compare with the sports mentality?”

Novak asserts that rivals have a meaning all the times. Having a good game somehow means you have a good rival.

“The most unforgettable memory for me is the birth of my son and the championship in Wimbledon. And the other is the finals of the French Open Tennis Championships of 2015. I ran for this game for a grand slam throughout the life. I was exhausted and was defected. But it was accepted.”

The unforgettable moment for Novak is when he realized that he is part of the world. It seems a mysterious sense.

“It’s more valuable than winning.” he added so at the end.

You can find these photos and more from Uniqlo new collection on the Life Wear Book:

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The photos were taken in Monaca where he lives.

source: uniqlo.com/jp
Thanks to our member Christine for the translation.

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