During his Laureus acceptance speech Monday night in Monaco for a fourth Sportsman of the Year honor, Novak Djokovic revealed that he was close to quitting the sport, but his wife, Jelena, helped him back. And she got a big Thank You on the world stage.
“Yes, I did think about leaving tennis,” Djokovic told the audience. “I did think about everything else and I just didn’t find myself in a good balance in life at that point.
“I did feel like I let myself down when I had that [elbow] surgery. It took me several months to find that purpose, find that meaning again.
“I think that this award actually reflects and symbolizes the journey that was not only 12 months long but three years long.”
It was fitting that we gave the last words of #Laureus19 to an athlete who epitomises so much of what we admire in our sporting heroes.
— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019
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