Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic reveals just how close he came to quitting tennis for good

Novak Djokovic dejected

In Tennis Today, Novak Djokovic speaks of his ‘dark place’ and how close it came to driving him to retirement, and Naomi Osaka has a bad hair day.

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What’s in the news
Novak Djokovic has opened up about how close he came to quitting tennis during his ‘dark’ time.

The newly restored world number one has been absolutely dominant in the second half of 2018, claiming two Grand Slams along the way.

However, it was very different back in 2016, when he was on the wrong end of a Wimbledon shock, an Olympics humiliation, and a US Open final defeat.

“I was in quite a dark place,” Djokovic told ShortList.

“I lost in two tournaments in the first round, and, mentally, I was questioning whether I wanted to play tennis.”

“It feels like the walls are closing in on you and you feel suffocated.

“I felt like I had to get back to nature to reconnect.

“I went on holiday with my family and, one day, while I was having a snooze on the beach, I suddenly felt a new wave of energy coming in and I reset.

“It really was as simple as that.”

What’s on social media

Naomi Osaka had a bad hair day.

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How’s it going? The fact that my hair has a poof one on side is bothering me. How about you?

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Milos Raonic dons a tennis -themed Christmas jumper.

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Ace in your face! Thank you @nbtennis and @newbalance for the best “ugly Christmas sweater”

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Serena Williams felt reflective. Possibly.

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When they ask me how last year was @mubadalatennis. Dec 27, Abu Dhabi, see you there! #MWTC

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Genie Bouchard endures a training fail.

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Training fail lol

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What’s on TV

Let’s just not talk about it…

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