What languages does Novak Djokovic speak? How many dialects can Serbian tennis ace speak after BBC interview
Djokovic’s talent in languages shines even if his chance to play tennis again rapidly decreases due to vaccination status.
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The number one tennis player in the world was deported from Australia in January after the government cancelled his visa in a row over his lack of vaccine.
It had initially been thought he had obtained a medical exemption to enter the county as he had recently recovered from the virus but the county’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, cancelled the Serbian’s visa on the grounds that his presence was likely to incite ‘civil unrest’ and encourage anti-vaccine sentiment.
During Novak Djokovic’s interview with the BBC’s Amol Rajan, the tennis player stated that he: “was never against vaccination but i’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.”
The interview was conducted in English with Djokovic speaking it almost perfectly with tennis fans rushing to learn how many languages the tennis player can speak.
How many languages can Novak Djokovic speak?
The tennis player is a self-described love of languages and speaks Serbian, English, French, German and Italian fluently.
According to the website sportskeeda.com, Djokovic can speak an additional six languages to the five already mentioned.
These include Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese.
With English being the official language of the tennis tour, many players find it a necessity to speak at least the basics of the language.
Djokovic has taken this many steps further in his ability to speak the language of what seems like every country on the tour.
Djokovic’s abilities in these languages vary dramatically. In interviews, the 34-year-old is able to conduct himself in the aforementioned five languages while the remaining six seem to be ones he has attempted over the years.
The latest language the Serbian seems to have acquired is Spanish. Djokovic appeared unable to speak the Mediterranean language until 2013 but within four years, he was able to give an entire interview in Spanish which was seen at the 2017 Madrid Masters.
It may not be long before the Serbian is learning even more languages given he is likely to have much more freedom than he would like to due his lack of vaccination.
What else was said in the BBC interview?
During his long-awaited interview, Djokovic confirmed that he would be willing to forego the chance to win another trophy, and consequently have a chance at becoming the statistically most successful male tennis player of all time if it meant he would be forced to get the vaccine.
Asked why, Djokovic replied: “Because the principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else. I’m trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can.”
In addition, Djokovic said that he had “always been a great student of wellness, well-being, health, nutrition” and his decision was partly influenced by the positive impact factors such as changing his diet and sleeping patterns had on his abilities as an athlete.
“I was never against vaccination. I understand that globally, everyone is trying to put a big effort into handling this virus and seeing, hopefully, an end soon to this virus.”
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