Novak Djokovic spends some quality time with son Stefan, 7,


Novak Djokovic spends some quality time with son Stefan, 7, as they practice ahead of Wimbledon quarter-final

Novak Djokovic larked about with his son Stefan during practice on day eight of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships on Monday, ahead of the quarter-finals.

The tennis pro, 35, cut an athletic figure in a white top and navy shorts while accessorising with a white baseball cap and matching trainers.

Stefan, seven, appeared to be in his element as he climbed onto his famous father’s back and wrestled the racquet from him.

Having fun! Novak Djokovic larked about with his son Stefan during practice on day eight of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships on Monday, ahead of the quarter-finals

Having fun! Novak Djokovic larked about with his son Stefan during practice on day eight of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships on Monday, ahead of the quarter-finals

Novak triumphantly lifted his infant into the air in another snap, before being pinned down on the ground as he went along with the play fighting.

The sportsman sweetly adjusted the headband of his child – who he shares with his wife Jelena – as they prepared to exit the court.

Novak’s next match is against Italian Jannik Sinner later this week.

It comes after Novak shared a photo of his son last week, in which they both are seen hitting a forearm in similar poses.

Looking good: The tennis pro, 35, cut an athletic figure in a white top and navy shorts

Looking good: The tennis pro, 35, cut an athletic figure in a white top and navy shorts

Hilarious: Stefan, seven, appeared to be in his element as he climbed onto his famous father's back and wrestled the racquet from him

Hilarious: Stefan, seven, appeared to be in his element as he climbed onto his famous father’s back and wrestled the racquet from him

Trendy: He accessorised with a white baseball cap and matching trainers

Trendy: He accessorised with a white baseball cap and matching trainers

Posting the pictures to Twitter, he wrote the caption: ‘So cool to see this’ and tagged his wife Jelena.

Asked about the photos after his fourth-round win against Dutch player Tim van Rijthoven on Sunday, Novak said his son is ‘in love with tennis right now’.

Referring to suggestions that his son’s swing looks like that of Rafael Nadal, the 35-year-old joked: ‘Yeah, no. He likes to do that. He likes to intimidate me on the court with finishing the swing here.’

‘We have this kind of funny moments on the court,’ he later added.

Sports: The father-son-duo were joined by a coach as they worked up a sweat on the court

Sports: The father-son-duo were joined by a coach as they worked up a sweat on the court

Doting dad: Novak triumphantly lifted his infant into the air in another snap as he went along with the play fighting

Doting dad: Novak triumphantly lifted his infant into the air in another snap as he went along with the play fighting

Cute: The sportsman sweetly adjusted the headband of his child as they prepared to exit the court

Cute: The sportsman sweetly adjusted the headband of his child as they prepared to exit the court

‘I try to use every available opportunity, possibility, time to play with him because he’s right now fully immersed into tennis.

‘Everything around tennis, how he can play, he’s watching, he’s analysing. We’re talking.

‘Last night when I was putting him to bed, he was asking me questions,’ Novak added, saying Stefan asked about racket head sizes and strings.

‘He’s in love with tennis right now,’ he continued.

Kitted up! Stefan threw a bag over his torso by its green strap as he stood alongside his dad

Kitted up! Stefan threw a bag over his torso by its green strap as he stood alongside his dad

Making friends: He shared a high-five with the coach over the net

Making friends: He shared a high-five with the coach over the net

Wow! They certainly seemed to be having fun during the activity

Wow! They certainly seemed to be having fun during the activity

‘It was fully his own desire to really pursue tennis so of course I’m going to be there for him.

‘I never force him to be on the tennis court, but if he wants, I try to always make myself ready to be there and play with him.

‘Of course I will support him in any possible way I can so that he can be (a) professional tennis player if he intends to, if he really wants to.

Competition: Novak's next match is against Italian Jannik Sinner later this week (pictured on Sunday)

Competition: Novak’s next match is against Italian Jannik Sinner later this week (pictured on Sunday)

‘But it’s too early to speak about it, to be honest. He’s not even eight years old.’

The 20-time grand slam champion said their relationship as father and son comes ‘before anything else’.

He also spoke about how he believes trying different sports as a child is ‘super important’.

‘I was growing up with skiing, football, tennis, martial arts, different things,’ Novak said.

‘I feel like it’s very important to have, particularly at this young age, a lot of stimulus to the children from different perspectives and different sports and different movement, different activities.

‘I don’t like children very early just doing only one sport. I feel like it’s important to try different things because it will help the development of the brain and also motoric skills.’

Couple: Novak shares the adorable tot with his wife Jelena, who he married in 2014

Couple: Novak shares the adorable tot with his wife Jelena, who he married in 2014

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