The Shocking ‘retirement’ Of Novak Djokovic From Tennis... The Next Step

When Novak Djokovic informed friends he was retiring tennis in 2018, there was no going back.

With his elbow issue refusing to heal and startling first-round losses to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire in Indian Wells and Miami, it appeared Djokovic's fire had died down.

Djokovic's wife Jelena related the story in a 2020 In Depth with Graham Bensinger interview.

“He told me he's quitting. The truth. He lost Miami. After a devastating loss, he gathered us and said, "Guys, I'm done," and I was like, what?" He said yes, she said.

Then he told Eduardo to talk to my sponsors. Be clear with them. I may stop for six months, a year, or forever.

“Just let them stay if they want. I'm fine if they don't. I want to make sure everyone agrees.

The tennis world was unaware that Djokovic was thus close to retiring, and his short break with his family after his decision was crucial.

I love tennis and kept taking the kids to play, and he showed up the third and fourth day and saw me with this old tennis machine playing with Stefan.

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