A Former No. 1 Tennis Player’s Trick to Beat Anxiety

This serves Novak Djokovic well.

Novak Djokovic, the 12-time Grand Slam tennis champion, is known for his thorough training and preparation. And, as he told Sport24 at the Australian Open, that includes mental preparation as well.

A long-time fan of mindfulness meditation, Djokovic wrote in his book ‘Serve to Win’ that he incorporates 15 minutes of the practice every day. Djokovic, who has spent 200 weeks at the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings, said it helps him both on and off the court. “I lose fear. I lose anxiety. I lose stress,” he told Sports24. 

One thing is clear from watching Djokovic play, he has incredible mental strength. Think back to his unbelievable comeback victory, from down match point, against Roger Federer at the US Open in 2011.

Win or lose, Djokovic acknowledges there is always room for personal growth: “That’s probably the most exciting thing about life, is that every day is a new opportunity for you to get better.”

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