“After Djokovic, everything becomes easy,” Hamad Medjedovic talks of being unaffected playing in front of Bjorn Borg

Medjedovic says he is accustomed to big names watching him play after experiencing Djokovic as his audience


“After Djokovic, everything becomes easy,” Hamad Medjedovic talks of being unaffected playing in front of Bjorn Borg

Hamad Medjedovic, Novak Djokovic and Bjorn Borg

19-year-old Serbian player, Hamad Medjedovic, is an up-and-coming player, who is under the wings of Novak Djokovic. The World No.1 has helped the teenager in terms of financial aid as well as tennis advice. The 22-time Grand Slam Champion has given Medjedovic tips on how to improve his mental and physical strength too.

Bjorn Borg was present at the SDAT Stadium on Tuesday as he competed against Leo Borg in the opening round of the Chennai Open ATP Challenge. He served four consecutive aces to win the match 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. The Serb seemed to be unfazed despite the Swede tennis star’s presence in the audience.

Despite the importance of the event, Bjorn Borg’s attendance at the tournament did not seem to bother Medjedovic in the least. Regarded as the next generation, the current World No. 261 is starting to gain experience gradually, since his ATP debut in 2021. And the Serb went on to play the tennis legend, Bjorn Borg’s son.

The player explained his casual demeanour when he acknowledged Borg’s presence. Medjedovic explained that he was desensitized to the presence of big names watching him play. He owes this happy-go-lucky attitude to Novak Djokovic. The youngster elaborated that after being supervised by Djokovic, no one else seemed to deter him.

“Someone told me he was coming to watch the game. Honestly, I didn’t have any issues with that because I got used to some players coming over to watch me, especially Novak. It was when he looked at me that I had the most problems. So after him everything becomes easy, you know,” Medjedovic stated after his win.

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Novak Djokovic aided Hamad Medjedovic to pursue his tennis career

Hamad Medjedovic immediately stands out due to his height and strength on the court. When Medjedovic beat top-seeded Harold Mayot in the French Open juniors in 2020, Djokovic sent him a message of congratulations. Currently, Medjedovic is under the care of the World No.1, training with the latter at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade.

Djokovic even advised the aspirant to focus on his mental and physical being rather than his rankings. He has not experienced any pressure from the 35-year-old. The teenager achieved a career-high junior ITF ranking of No.9 in 2021. Medjedovic won his maiden ATP Challenger title at the 2022 Platzmann-Sauerland Open as a qualifier. He was also part of the Serbian team at the 2022 Davis Cup.

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