Novak Djokovic has been spotted training with his son Stefan at All England Club’s training court during Wimbledon 2022. Recently, pictures of Stefan hitting a forehand did the rounds on social media, as fans were impressed with the youngster’s posture and stance. This led the tennis community to believe that there could be another Novak Djokovic in the making: “Like Father, Like Son,” as it is said popularly.
Novak Djokovic revealed an interesting detail about his practice sessions with son Stefan. The Serbian revealed that his son tries to intimidate him by impersonating Rafael Nadal’s forehand. Then, the little kid has a small glance towards his father, before the duo break into laughter.
“He likes to do it…he likes to intimidate me by ending the swing like that. He knows I don’t like it. When he does that, he always laughs because he knows it,” said Djokovic in a cheerful tone.
Novak Djokovic had earlier revealed that Carlos Alcaraz had become his Stefan’s favorite tennis player after his exploits in the past year. Prior to siding with Alcaraz, Djokovic’s son was a huge fan of 22-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal.
“He’s in love with tennis right now,” Novak Djokovic on his son’s ever-growing passion towards the sport
Novak Djokovic revealed that his son has been deeply invested in tennis in the recent times. Stefan is often seen in the stands supporting his father, and as such, he is no stranger to the sport. Novak Djokovic added that the seven-year-old was asking him analytical questions, and he was curious to know about several other things related to tennis.
“Everything around tennis, how he can play, he’s watching, he’s analysing. We’re talking. Last night when I was putting him to bed, he was asking me questions: What is the difference between the racquet head sizes, the strings, why somebody is stringing less tension, all these basic questions that kids are very curious about,” said Novak.
Novak Djokovic also said that his son is in love with tennis, and will try to be there for him all times. However, he will at no point force his child to step onto the court. “He’s in love with tennis right now. It was fully his own desire to really pursue tennis. So of course I’m going to be there for him. I never force him to be on the tennis court, but if he wants, I try to always make myself ready to be there and play with him,” he added.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has won his 26th straight match at Wimbledon, overturning a 2-0 sets deficit against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. The Serbian had to toil hard in the first two sets, as it seemed that the Italian was just toying with the six-time Wimbledon winner. However, once he got the break in the third set, it seemed way too easy for Novak Djokovic.