Best claim of the first day from Doha: Stefan Djokovic sleeps through the night.
As anyone who has experience with baby’s might evaluate that’s a good effort for a six-and-a-half week old baby. But that’s the early report from Papa Novak on his son Stefan, born on October 22nd of last year.
Djokovic made that pronouncement in a pre-tournament press conference at the 2015 Qatar Exxonmobil Open on Monday.
“Not because it’s our baby, but I have to say he’s really good with sleeping and sleeping the whole night, so allows us to have peaceful nights, and regarding that, there is no issue,” reported Djokovic, who is just getting over a bout with the flu.
It’s hard to tell if Djokovic is telling the exact truth on the sleeping through the night scenario, is hopeful that Stefan will take the hint, or is just delirious from a lack of sleep.
What was clear is that Djokovic is delighted with fatherhood. Here’s what he had to say: “I’m not the first and neither the last daddy in the world. I think whoever is a parent understands what I’m going through and what kind of joy I experience as a parent and as a father.”
That said, Novak admits that much of the parental responsibility is currently in wife, Jelena’s, job description. In particular, during the last few days, Djokovic was keeping his distance from the family so that they wouldn’t catch his flu.
“Obviously, at this stage of the baby’s life, mother is the more important parent, I would say,” Djokovic revealed. “But neverthless, I’m trying to be as close, as useful as I can be, of course, giving lots of love and attention to my family, to my baby and to my wife that, of course, has a lot commitments and a lot of efforts she needs to make on a daily basis with the baby.”
Have no fear, however, Djokovic is working as hard as he does on the court in an effort to master the art of diaper changing.
“Of course I’m changing diapers,” he said, laughing. “Are you kidding me? Of course.”