WATCH: Djokovic was last on court in Banja Luka, where he reached the quarterfinals.


Tasked with writing an ode to his hero, eight-year-old Stefan didn’t have to look far to find one in Novak Djokovic, a 22-time Grand Slam champion—and his father.

“He inspired me to be persistent and to play tennis well,” wrote the youngster in an adorable essay that went viral on social media.

Showing impressive familiarity with his father’s sporting arc, Stefan notes how Djokovic broke up the duopoly established by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who had spent nearly a decade dominating the sport.

Djokovic’s eldest son was born in 2014, and is already showing his mettle on the tennis court when practicing on grass with his father at last year’s Wimbledon Championships.

“For him anyone playing in Wimbledon is a superhero,” Djokovic said at the time.


“It's always special for me the feeling to play in front of my son. I didn't have too many opportunities in my life to have that kind of sensation and experience. It's always very unique.”

Having tied Rafael Nadal by winning his 22nd major title at the 2023 Australian Open, Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the Mutua Madrid Open due to an elbow injury with hopes to recover in time for Rome and Roland Garros.