Novak Djokovic hopes son Stefan follows in his footsteps, but ‘it’s too early to speak about it’

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Novak Djokovic’s son Stefan is “fully immersed into tennis” and the Serbian will “support him in any possible way” to become a professional, but for now it is important that his son just enjoys life.

The Djokovic family celebrated a “sunshine double” in May as Novak won the Italian Open and Stefan won his first-ever tennis tournament.

Fast forward nearly two months and a picture of Stefan ripping a forehand like his father started circulating on social media and Djokovic senior replied with a caption: “So cool to see this”.

After beating Tim van Rijthoven in the Wimbledon fourth round on Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam winner said: “I try to use every available opportunity … to play with him because he’s right now fully immersed into tennis.

“Everything around tennis, how he can play, he’s watching, he’s analysing. I will support him in any possible way I can so that he can be professional tennis player … if he really wants to.

“But it’s too early to speak about it, to be honest. He’s not even eight-years-old. It’s important for me that we have a relationship as a father and son … before anything else, and that he’s enjoying life.”

The defending Wimbledon champion added: “I feel like it’s very important to have, particularly at this young age, a lot of stimulus to the children from different perspectives and different sports and different movement, different activities.”