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Novak Djokovic Reveals He Almost Retired from Tennis

Novak Djokovic Reveals He Almost Retired from Tennis

Novak Djokovic kisses his award while posing backstage at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday (February 18) in Monaco.

The 31-year-old tennis player, who was joined at the event by his wife Jelena, made a surprising revelation while accepting the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

Novak says he almost retired from tennis while dealing with injuries last year.

“I did think about leaving tennis,” he said (via Yahoo). “I did not find myself in a good balance. It took me several months to find that purpose and meaning again.”

“This award reflects and symbolizes this journey. Reflecting on it standing here now it seems like a fairy-tale story but it tells me one thing,” Novak added. “In those moments of when you are facing adversity and challenged you should always look inside. I did not understand that fully before but now I know where I can always find strength and belief and to keep on going.”

Also pictured inside: Lindsey Vonn accepting the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award.

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Photos: Getty
Posted to: Jelena Ristic, Lindsey Vonn, Novak Djokovic

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