Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology

As he battles for a second Wimbledon title, we caught up with the world number two for some racket chat

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal may be out of this year’s Wimbledon Championship, but one of the world’s top three players remains in the tournament – in fact he’s now favourite to win it.

We’re talking of course about Novak Djokovic. The 27-year old Serbian already has one Wimbledon singles title under his belt (as well as five other Grand Slam singles titles), and with his greatest rivals fallen by the wayside looks to be on course for a second. We caught up with him in the run-up to Wimbledon to pick his brains about technology.

Tech makes a racket

“Technology plays a very important role in our sport – rackets especially. Rackets today allow the player to have more control on the strokes, more precision, more power, more acceleration.”

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We ain’t seen nothin’ yet

“We don’t know how far it can go, and for me that’s exciting. A few years ago we didn’t have Hawk-Eye, and we thought it couldn’t go further than that. And now we have the challenge system and even more advanced rackets. It’s really unpredictable but we can definitely expect a lot more changes to come because there are people who are always looking for improvement and progression, and I think that’s the right approach for [tennis] and for life in general.”

There’s more to life than tennis

“Technology allows us to speak to a person on the opposite side of the world, and to see that person while we’re doing it, so it’s quite incredible going back 10 or 15 years and then seeing where we are at this moment.”

Credit: Novak Djokovic is the brand ambassador for Peugeot; Stuff spoke to him at the unveiling of the new Peugeot 508 in London.

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