Novak Djokovic is a famous Serbian tennis player who has won multiple Grand Slam tournaments and topped the world singles rankings. What is interesting about his biography and personal life?
Biography of Djokovic
The future tennis player was born on May 22, 1987 in Belgrade. From childhood, he began to show great promise in tennis. Novak received his first racket as a gift from his parents at the age of four. This was a fateful decision.
Two years later, one of the stars of Serbian tennis, Elena Gencic, notices the gifted boy and takes him under her wing. Elena regularly trains with Djokovic and teaches all the intricacies of the game. Their partnership lasts until 1999 and includes the difficult period of the 1998 NATO bombing of Belgrade. During the day, Novak trained on different courts, and spent the night in a bomb shelter. Such a life lasted for three months and left a deep mark on the character of the teenager.
In 1999, Djokovic moved to Germany at the tennis academy. His coach is the former Croatian tennis player Nikola Pilic, who trained with the young man for four years.
Novak made his tennis debut in the professional arena in 2001, when he was only 14 years old. From the very beginning of the athlete's career, it was noticeable that he would soon be the main star in world tennis. Djokovic has always stood out in that he could play on any surface with the same success. And his famous backhand kick is one of the best in the history of the sport.
At first, Novak played at the junior level, but quickly moved to the senior division. The first success at the Grand Slam tournament came to the tennis player in 2008, when he won the final of the Australian Open.
More than ten years have passed since then, and Djokovic managed to win 12 more Grand Slam titles, and also won a record number of times in the annual World Tour finals. The most successful tennis player in his career was in 2015, when Novak won three Grand Slam tournaments and reached the final in the fourth.
Recently, Djokovic has lost his form a little. This is primarily due to a hand injury, which he aggravated in 2017. But, nevertheless, in the summer of 2018, Novak was able to become the winner of Wimbledon for the fourth time.
Throughout his sports career, Djokovic has earned a decent fortune. He ranks second in the world rankings after Roger Federer among the highest paid tennis players.
Athlete's personal life
Novak devoted his entire personal life to one woman - Elena Ristic. They started dating in 2006 and got married a few years later. The couple had their first child in 2014. It was a boy named Stefan. And three years later, Elena gave birth to a girl, Tara. Although news about the separation of young people sometimes leaks to the press, they refute all these facts with joint photos on social networks.
In addition to the Djokovic family, he is engaged in the implementation of several commercial projects. So in his homeland, he opened a chain of cafes, and in Monaco a restaurant for healthy food. Novak is also the founder of a charitable foundation that supports Serbian children and refugees from other countries.