Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will be profiled this Sunday on the revered TV news magazine “60 Minutes” on CBS. The profile centers on how Djokovic grew up during the bombing on Belgrade, and how a frieghtened boy became a tennis champion.
Djokovic says the experience gave him the hunger that ultimately drove him to fulfill his dream of becoming world No. 1.
Djokovic takes host Bob Simon to the basement of his grandfather’s apartment in Belgrade, where he and his family spent a few hours in the middle of each night during the 1999 NATO bombing campaign on the city.
“Because we were waking up every single night more or less at two, three AM for two and a half months,” Djokovic says. “But the best thing about it…I always try to remember those days in a positive, in a very bright way…We didn’t need to go to school and we played more tennis.”
Looking back, Djokovic says it was a formative time for him and his family. “[The war] made us tougher. It made us more hungry, more hungry for the success.
“We have a harder way to succeed in life as Serbs because of the past that we had and because of the history we had,” he says. “We have to dig deeper…”
Within the piece, Djokovic’s mentor, Jelena Gencic, is also interviewed.
The show will air Sunday, March 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS.
Djokovic begins his Sony Ericsson Open Miami title defense Saturday night against former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.
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