Speaking to the press yesterday in Doha, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic talked about life as a father which includes changing diapers!
“I’m not the first and neither the last daddy in the world,” said Djokovic who added the whole family is with him in Doha. “I think whoever is a parent understands what I’m going through and what kind of joy I experience as a parent and as a father. Obviously at this stage of the baby’s life, mother is the more important parent, I would say. But nevertheless, I’m trying to be, you know, trying to be as close as, as useful as I can be, of course, giving lots of love and attention to my family, to my baby and to my wife that of course has a lot of commitments and a lot of efforts she needs to make on a daily basis with the baby.
“Not because it’s our baby, but I have to say he’s really good with sleeping and sleeping the whole night, so allows us to have peaceful nights, and regarding that, there is no issue.
“Of course I’m changing diapers,” he joked. “Are you kidding me? Of course.”
Djokovic also revealed why he chose to play in Doha for a first time in his career.
“We thought that, you know, it was not necessary in the previous years to play the first week of the season because I had so many matches in the seasons before that,” Djokovic said. “So I basically would be satisfying my needs on the tennis court with couple matches in Abu Dhabi or Hopman Cup and then going to Melbourne. But this year was different because we thought that the gap between the last match, official match in London, and the first match on the Grand Slam in Melbourne is too big and that I would need to play an official tournament.”
And he says he’s feeling better after a bout with fever last week.
“Well, the nature of the illness, I can’t really say,” he said. “I think it’s many things combined. I believe that I maybe overused myself in certain aspects of my life, combining the practice and the family and business on the side and several things that I had, so maybe the body told me I had to slow down a little bit, and so that’s how it reacted.
“But I think already the way I’m feeling today is much better and much more confident than I was two days ago.”
Djokovic is playing today against Dusan Lajovic.
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