Novak Djokovic is a Serbian-Croatian professional tennis player who owns houses in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in New York, United States and in Miami, Florida, USA. Born in Belgrade, Serbia to Serbian father Srđan Djokovic and Croatian mother Dijana Žagar Djokovic, Novak speaks Serbian, English, French, German and Italian.
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 1999 to 2003 and turned professional in 2003.
As a Yugoslavia national team member, Novak reached the final of the Junior Davis Cup for players under 14. He met Jelena Ristić in high school and they started dating in 2005, the same year he made his debut in the Australian Open, in the French Open, in the Wimbledon Championships and in the U.S. Open.
Engaged in September 2013, Novak and Ristić 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.
Novak is 6’2″ tall. Here are 13 more things about him:
- In 2006, former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda started coaching him. He won the men’s singles at the 2008 Australian Open, his first major title.
- In 2011, he was awarded the Serbian Orthodox Church‘s highest decoration, the Order of St. Sava I class, by Patriarch Irinej of Serbia. He won men’s singles at the 2011 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and the 2011 US Open.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2012 Australian Open.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2013 Australian Open. In December 2013, former German tennis player Boris Becker became his head coach.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2015 Australian Open, the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and the 2015 US Open.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2016 Australian Open and the 2016 French Open.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships and the 2018 US Open.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2019 Australian Open and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.
- In 2020, he tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). He won the men’s singles at the 2020 Australian Open.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2021 Australian Open, the 2021 French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
- He won the men’s singles at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. He was not able to defend his title at 2022 Australian Open because his visa was cancelled shortly before the tournament began.
- He was 35 years old when he won the men’s singles at the 2023 Australian Open on January 28, 2023.
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