Jelena Djokovic was also in deep introspection. “I was wondering how to raise a child [leur fils aîné Stefan, né à Nice en octobre 2014, NDLR] so that he follows in the footsteps of his father who is constantly striving to improve and have results. Novak is already a historical figure, you know, and at 30, and I have this child and I have to do something special. That’s how I started to think about it and it made me a very distressed mom. It destroyed me. Right in the middle of Wimbledon, I decided to go on a spiritual journey to Ecuador. And it was beautiful and very important to me“, she remembered.
The Djokovics had not yet fully seen the light at the end of the tunnel. In 2018, a Novak recovered from elbow surgery thought of quitting tennis after a disillusionment; he came out in the second round of the Miami Open, losing to Frenchman Benoît Paire.
“He told me he was quitting, it’s the truth. It was a terrible defeat. And then he gathered us together and said, ‘It’s over.’ I replied, ‘What?’ And he continued, ‘You can talk to my sponsors. I want to be clear with them. I don’t know if I quit for six months, a year or forever‘”, Jelena told Graham Bensinger.
Since then, her husband has moved up the slope and won other titles. He even broke a record for the most weeks spent in first place in the ATP rankings.