Dijana Djokovic: I long to spend some alone time with Novak

Dijana Djokovic
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Parents Srdjan Djokovic and Dijana Djokovic, brother Djordje Djokovic, above his wife Jelena Djokovic attend the men's final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 14 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Dijana Djokovic, the mother of Novak Djokovic, spoke about her longing to spend more time with her son and how the focus on Novak’s career led to the neglect of his two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje Djokovic in an interview with the Serbian portal “Blic Sport” on the program, “Mothers of Champions”

Dijana says that she rarely sees her son these days due to his busy life and also because they stay in separate countries. “I miss the time I used to have with Novak, I long for him. Today he belongs to the whole world more than his own family.

I would love to be alone with him for half an hour, talk, laugh, cry, just the two of us! But this luxury is impossible, he has too many obligations and there are always too many people around him. I would like to take him by the hand and go somewhere.

One day I’ll do that!” “(When he got married), it was logical that his wife took over the things that I did for him – cooking, household chores. I no longer interfere in his life. Unfortunately they don’t live here in Serbia, we rarely see each other.

They have their own family, their oasis. There are some differences between their lives and ours, bringing up children or eating culture, which I don’t always agree with.” The 56 year old also opened up about how she and her husband gave their all for Novak to succeed and were not able to do the same with his younger brothers, Marko and Djordje Djokovic, who were not able to make it on the professional circuit.

“Everything was just about Novak. We neglected his two younger brothers because we often spontaneously directed our plans towards Novak. Once Marko and Djordje were supposed to go to a camp in Barcelona. But we canceled it because the whole family flew to Miami the next morning to be with Nole.

He needed us and we wanted to make him feel like we were behind him. Then he reached the final – it was a key experience. From then on we gave everything for him. I’m sorry for the other sons, they were talented too. But we couldn’t support them too. My husband ran out of reserves. We had no strength to do it again as with Novak.”


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