There’s always a lot of talk about Novak Djokovic and his unbelievable skill as a tennis player but what about his brother, Marko? Novak has no doubt opened up a lot of doors for his brother, especially on the ATP World Tour.
Although Marko Djokovic appreciates the help of his brother, he does feel as though he is somewhat living in Novak`s shadow, “There are a lot of positives. Financially, I have all the needs [met] and I can get all the coaches and all the practice I require. But there are negatives as well, as there are a lot of pressures on me and everybody expects a lot just because I am Novak’s brother. And this is really tough to achieve.”
There is definitely a lot of pressure on Marko to live up to his brother`s name and by sharing the same last name it is probably difficult for Marko to make his own name for himself but he is definitely paving his own path on the tour.
Marko Djokovic is a five-time Grand Slam winner, making his mark on the tennis world and having an all-star brother, he gets a lot of useful advice. “I was watching Novak. I remember he started playing tennis in the mountains. I was following him all these years, going to school as well, watching him, practicing next to him. He was my idol from when I was younger,” he said.
There is also another Djokovic, a third brother, Djordje, training in Florida, and just might be following in his two older brothers footsteps.
So yes, having an older brother in the business has its ups and downs but the positives must outweigh the negatives. The demands on Marko are steep but I have always been a believer that performance is enhanced under pressure.