It’s always interesting to see how a tennis player and a member of the crew get along. Ulises Badio, a physiotherapist who joined Novak Djokovic‘s team in 2017, reflected on his own journey to the Atp circuit and the importance of friendship in an interview with Sportal.
The 35-year-old champion was a riot to work with, as seen by the wealth of stories and tales that were shared.
These are his exact words.
“We’d run into each other from time to time while I worked for the Atp between 2011 and 2012.
Even as a child, I dreamed of being a physical therapist and treating patients who were ranked one through ninety-nine. After several years, Novak approached me in 2017 and asked if I wanted to join his team so that I could begin working with him.
Roland Garros was the first time he offered me to join him and since then, we’ve always been together “Then, he said. Badio consistently prioritizes his business relationship with Nole over his friendship with him, despite the two of them being close friends “Tennis player Novak Djokovic bears a weight of responsibility that cannot be understated.
When an elite athlete is treated in this manner, the risk of injury is always present. Being well-versed in my field of expertise was critical, as was being open to a more unconventional outlook.
We’re with him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every little detail can impact him during the match, so I follow him around the clock, even when he’s sitting down, to make sure that he’s doing well, or if he’s had someone on the phone for a long time-every little thing can effect him “he went on to say.
He came to the following conclusion: “Even though I knew how to work and what my professional job included when I joined the team, I had no idea what my responsibilities would be as a team member. In the end, Novak and I formed a strong bond as we got to know one another better.”