Current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has highlighted the importance of meditation in his everyday life recently. The Serb also appreciated how Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has also incorporated meditation into his daily regime.
The 22-year-old said the importance of mediation in his life and also revealed his inclination towards Buddhism. He recently won the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Andrey Rublev in the finals and now preparing for the Barcelona Open. Tsitsipas feels that mediation has helped him and he is more mindful in practices and conscious while breathing and it has played a vital role in his recent success.
“Meditation is really important to me; it is one of the main points in my day to day, not only in training or in my tennis career,” Novak Djokovic said. “I have incorporated aspects of meditation into my daily routines, they make me feel good.”
Djokovic was delighted to hear that Stefanos Tsitsipas is reaping the rewards of the wellness philosophies and encourages other tennis players to also include them in their regime.
“I am glad that Stefanos is doing all that, and it is clear that the results are a good sample of the benefits,” Novak Djokovic continued. “It is clear that meditation is not the only factor, but I know that it can help all tennis players a lot. You have to find your own formula, I have achieved it and everyone should probably look for theirs.”
Djokovic is currently in action at the Serbia Open and has won his first matchup against Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea. He further pointed out that meditation is a wide term that holds several age-old techniques which include breathing, mindfulness etc. The Serb feels that it can help sportspersons to increase their concentration level.
He points out how technology has distracted our abilities to look out for our inner self and that actually hampers a person’s ability to recover and also helps him amplify his ability to concentrate on a particular thing.
“Breathing, mindfulness … Meditation can be many things, but as professional athletes, we are always active: we need a lot of energy on the track, a very high level of concentration, and I think that today’s technologies and distractions that we have don’t allow us to pay the necessary attention to relax, breathe, recharge batteries and focus on ourselves,” Novak Djokovic concluded.