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Novak Djokovic biography: 13 things about Serbian-Croatian tennis player

Novak Djokovic is a professional tennis player of Serbian and Croatian descent. He owns houses in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in New York, United States and in Miami, Florida, USA.

Djokovic speaks Serbian, English, French, German and Italian. He has been playing tennis professionally since 2003.

The Serbian-Croatian tennis player stands 6’2″ and is right-handed. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia on May 22, 1987 to Serbian father Srđan Djokovic and Croatian mother Dijana Žagar Djokovic. Srđan was born in Trepča, Kosovo while Dijana was born in Belgrade to parents from Vinkovci, Croatia. His younger brothers Marko Djokovic and Djordje Djokovic are also professional tennis players.
  2. He started playing tennis in 1991. He trained at the Pilic Academy in Munich, Germany from September 1999 to 2003. As a Yugoslavia national team member, he reached the final of the Junior Davis Cup for players under 14.
  3. In 2005, he made his debut in the Australian Open, in the French Open, in the Wimbledon Championships and the U.S. Open, in which he finished in the first round, in the second round, in the third round and in the third round, respectively, in the men’s singles.
  4. He met Jelena Ristić in high school. They started dating in 2005. They got engaged in September 2013 and got married on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro on July 12, 2014. She gave birth to their son Stefan Djokovic on October 21, 2014 in Nice, France and their daughter Tara Djokovic on September 2, 2017.
  5. In 2006, former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda started coaching him.
  6. In 2007, the Novak Djokovic Foundation was founded to invest in early childhood education with a focus on Serbia.
  7. In 2008, he was the men’s singles champion in the Australian Open. It was his first win in the tournament and his first Grand Slam title.
  8. In 2011, he won the Australian Open for the second time. In the same year, he earned his first Wimbledon and U.S. Open wins and was awarded the Serbian Orthodox Church‘s highest decoration, the Order of St. Sava I class, by Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.
  9. In 2012, he won the Australian Open for the third time. He won the tournament again in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020.
  10. On March 2, 2013, he defeated Tomáš Berdych of Czech Republic in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships, which was his 36th professional single’s title. In December 2013, former German tennis player Boris Becker became his head coach.
  11. In 2014, he won the Wimbledon Championships for the second time. He won the tournament again in 2015, 2018 and 2019.
  12. In 2015, he won the U.S. Open for the second time. He won the tournament again in 2018.
  13. In 2016, he earned his first French Open win. He was runner-up to Rafa Nadal in the 2020 edition of the tournament. When he competed in the 2020 edition of the U.S. Open, he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball, which led to his disqualification. Also in 2020, he tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19).


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