University dream for Djokovic

2012-10-10 17:33
Novak Djokovic (AP)

Shanghai - Multilingual world No 2 Novak Djokovic said on Wednesday he had missed out on a normal education and professed a hankering for the delights of university life.

Speaking after cruising into the third round of the Shanghai Masters, the Serbian said: "I didn't have a childhood school education as probably most of my generation did in Serbia and around the world.

"I didn't go to school every day. The high school, I had to come back and do the exams two, three times a year. That was the case."

"I never went to university," he added. "Well, if I can say, that's one wish that I have in life, one regret, that I would like to go in some university, because I really like the idea of educating yourself and being a part of a group of students. It's a fun period in one person's life."

The 25-year-old, who speaks English, German and Italian as well as his native tongue, said he was "good enough" in school and his impressive language skills came naturally.

"I don't think that you can really learn that," he said. "You just have it in you. Both of my brothers speak a few languages. It's something that I guess we have in the family.

"The good thing about the Serbian school system is you need to have two languages in your primary school," said Djokovic. "English is the obligatory one, then the second one you can choose. I had German," he added.

The five-time Grand Slam winner, who began playing tennis at the age of four and made his professional debut at 16, said despite all the time on the road, chances to soak up new experiences were limited.

"Well, tennis is a very demanding sport. It's cruel in the way that you don't really get a lot of free time to do things that you would like, to go places you would like to see, and to maybe experience something else, to learn something new."

Read more on:    shanghai masters  |  novak djokovic  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

LIVE: Springboks 57-0 USA
No England contact for White
Boks: Coenie ‘worst dresser’
Think Tank: Why are the minnows so much better?
/World Cup
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.