Novak Djokovic has recently revealed that the key to his successful summer was a hiking trip in Provence with his wife Jelena just after his defeat at the French Open.
Currently the ATP World's number 3, Djokovic has triumphed in this season's Grand Slams taking home trophies not only at the US Open but also at Wimbledon and Cincinnati. However, he started on a low note as he was defeated by del Potro at the French Open early in June.
In a recent interview, the Serbian revealed how it was a five-day hiking trip around the Mont Sainte Victoire, near Aix-en-Provence, what transformed his season. Located between the Bouches du Rhone and Var regions, this mountain has been a source of inspiration for many. Perhaps its most celebrated visitor before the tennis player was painter Paul Cezanne who depicted it in a series of paintings, but he wasn't the only one. Picasso, Kandinsky and Masson, to name but a few, were also in awe of the mountain's beauty.
Djokovic explained how he and his wife "reached the top after three hours. We sat down and we just looked at the world from that perspective, just breathed in the new inspiration, new motivation. I thought of tennis, thought of the emotion that tennis provokes in me. It was all positives. I just felt like I had a new breath for this sport. The rest is history in terms of results, in terms of how I felt. I just felt like a whole wave of energy that I was thriving on from that moment onwards.”
He went on to say "I strongly recommend you to climb it. Some great things will happen in your life, I think.” Follow his advice and book your trip to Provence now to experience your own inspirational hike up Mont Saint Victoire. There are some great sights to visit in the area.