Novak Djokovic spends a lot of time away from his family, and it's very difficult for him, as he opened up about it in a recent interview.
Djokovic has his family with him at any chance he can, but that still is not a good amount of time on the calendar. The majority of his tennis year is spent away from the family, which was the case recently during the Australian Open as well.
The kids are growing every day, and every day he spends away from them weighs heavy on him because he wants to be there. He wants to be involved, but being a professional tennis player was always about sacrifices.
He sat down with The Today Show in Australia, and discussed being away from his family and its effect on him.
"I do struggle with that more and more as the time goes on. Australia is a long trip, probably the longest one that we have in the entire year. My son is nine, my daughter is six, every day, every week they change."
None of us will get any day back, so any day that passes is something that Djokovic can't get back. He even got quite emotional during the interview, talking about how much he misses playing with his kids because it's his favorite thing in the world.
"Dads should play with their children all the time. I mean that’s like my favorite part of the day just when I have their attention and when they have my attention and we are fully present, we play and we invent stuff. It’s the best. I’m getting emotional right now, I miss them, I’ll see them in a few days."
That aspect is actually one of those things that many assume could push him into early retirement, even though he's still looking very strong on the tennis court.