Olga Danilovic talks about the inspiration she derives from talking to countryman Novak Djokovic

Young Serbian tennis player Olga Danilovic talks about how the World No.1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic inspires her.

Novak Djokovic and Olga Danilovic
Novak Djokovic and Olga Danilovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is widely known to inspire the next gen of tennis players, across the globe. The Serb has regularly made headlines for motivating and encouraging his countrymen and women to achieve their respective dreams, across fields.

Serbia’s Olga Danilovic is another addition to the list of Djokovic’s followers. The 20-year-old girl has been hugely inspired by the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

“He’s No. 1 for me in every part of being a tennis player,” she says (enthusiastically, of course). “When you talk to him you think, ‘OK, now I’m going to beat everyone after talking to him.’ His energy and dedication and his passion to play and work is something that pushes you to be better,” Danilovic told Tennis.com.

Danilovic started playing tennis at age six. Instantly, she found a liking to the sport and now is currently enjoying her time on the WTA tour. “I swear, the first time I picked up a racquet I thought, ‘This is it for me.’ I got it so fast. After a month or so I was rallying already. From there it’s just a love story.”

Besides admiring Djokovic, she also adores legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan, especially after watching the documentary ‘The Last Dance.’

“I’m so into whatever I’m doing. When I play cards, I want to be the best. When I clean the room, I am going to be the best. It’s going to be a competition for me, and I want to win,” the Serbian youngster talks about her competitive spirit, regardless of the field.

Australian Open main draw debut in 2021

Olga Danilovic
Olga Danilovic

The Belgrade born player also made her maiden Grand Slam main draw appearance at this year’s Australian Open, where she stunned 16th seed Petra Martic in the opening round. Her stunning win was even watched by Djokovic, who was spotted cheering Danilovic from her box.

Currently, Danilovic is ranked No. 149 in the world and was recently seen in the quarterfinals of Budapest on the clay last week.

Also read: Can Novak Djokovic lose at Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Vivek has been writing on cricket & tennis for over a decade. He has worked with famous brands-- Mid-Day, Mumbai Indians & Dream11. He has also been to Grand Slams, Davis Cups & ATP tournaments. He also plays tennis at the club level. Besides being a Rafael Nadal fan, he has also enjoyed the privilege of interviewing the Spaniard.