Djokovic Opens Up On Love For Bali
After 17 years on Tour, there are few world-class destinations that Novak Djokovic hasn’t been to. The World No. 2 managed to visit a new locale in his off-season by traveling to Bali and made it clear that it wouldn’t be his last time in Indonesia.
”It's one of the most special places in the world,” Djokovic said after his second-round win at the Australian Open on Wednesday. “Honestly, I was blown away by how kind and genuine people are. The energy of that island, it's very special.”
But Djokovic wasn’t there to check out Bali’s world-famous beaches and rice terraces. Djokovic made the journey with his wife, Jelena Djokovic, to visit Green School Ball, a wall-less bamboo campus focussed on sustainability in their educational curriculum.
The Djokovics have placed a heavy emphasis on early childhood development and preschool education in their native Serbia through the Novak Djokovic Foundation. The Foundation’s latest “Season Of Giving” campaign, which concluded two weeks ago, helped raise $280,000 to build more preschools in Serbia and will allow more than 200 children to attend preschool for the first time. The couple once again personally matched all donations from the campaign, which totaled $140,000.
In addition, the Foundation’s efforts were rewarded with an ATP ACES For Charity grant for the third year (2013, 2017, 2020).
”We always wanted to go to Bali, so we used the opportunity in the off-season to visit the school. We might have our children actually attend that concept in the near future,” Djokovic said. “Seeing kids going barefoot, playing sports, spending a lot of time outdoors, this kind of interactive play combined with learning is something more special than I have seen in the education system… It was a very interesting and positive experience.”
There were also plenty of long hours on the court during Djokovic’s off-season. He worked hard on beefing up his serve and was rewarded for his efforts in his latest match against Japanese Tatsuma Ito. Djokovic dropped just 11 points on serve and won 93 per cent of his first-serve points, a trend which he hopes to continue for the remainder of the tournament.
”My serve was working extremely well in the first round and second round. That's something I worked on in the off-season,” Djokovic said. “That’s one of the priorities of the training sessions, trying to get that advantage of winning a lot of easy points on the first serve. It’s been paying off so far in the ATP Cup and two matches here.”