Novak Djokovic is a right-handed professional tennis player who owns houses in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in New York, United States and in Miami, Florida, USA. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia to Serbian father Srđan Djokovic and Croatian mother Dijana Žagar Djokovic.
Novak’s younger brothers Marko Djokovic and Djordje Djokovic are also professional tennis players. Their father was born in Trepča, Kosovo while their mother was born in Belgrade to parents from Vinkovci, Croatia.
In 1991, Novak started playing tennis. He trained at the Pilic Academy in Munich, Germany from September 1999 to 2003.
As a Yugoslavia national team member, Novak reached the final of the Junior Davis Cup for players under 14. He turned professional in 2003.
Novak stands 6’2″ and speaks Djokovic speaks Serbian, English, French, German and Italian. Here are 13 more things about him:
- 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.
- 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.
- In 2006, former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda started coaching him.
- In 2007, the Novak Djokovic Foundation was founded to invest in early childhood education with a focus on Serbia.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 2012, he won the Australian Open for the third time. He won the tournament again in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
- 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.
- In 2014, he won the Wimbledon Championships for the second time. He won the tournament again in 2015, 2018 and 2019.
- In 2015, he won the U.S. Open for the second time. He won the tournament again in 2018.
- In 2016, he earned his first French Open win.
- He was runner-up to Rafa Nadal at 2020 French Open. Also in 2020, he tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
- At 2020 US Open, he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball, which led to his disqualification. He and Daniil Medvedev of Russia are competing for the 2021 US Open men’s singles championship.