How Being a Dad Affects Novak Djokovic's Tennis Game

As The World No. 1 Aims for the Title, Fatherhood Is On His Mind

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The U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York, is well underway, and world number one Novak Djokovic continues his run at the championship. But he has more on his mind than what's happening on the court. As dad to 10-month-old Stefan, the 9-time grand slam champion shared that being a father has impacted his game—for the better.

"What it means to be a husband and also a father just added a whole new dimension of love and positive energy that I manage to convey and have transferred to the tennis court. It's helped. Ever since then I've probably been playing the tennis of my life," says Djokovic.

We'll see how that plays out tonight! In the meantime, Djokovic is "very grateful to share with them the sport that I love."

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is also our resident theater aficionado and has interviewed tons of celeb parents. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain