Novak Djokovic doesn’t need any introduction as he is one of the most influential sports personalities in the world at the moment. Currently, he ranks at world number 1 by ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). He has maintained the world’s number 1 ranking as a record of a total of 337 weeks and finished ATP year-end number 1 with Pete Sampras. Novak won the all-time joint record of the men’s singles title with 20 Grand Slams. He won the record of winning nine Australian Open titles and mastered the joint record of 36 Masters Events being shared with Rafael Nadal. He ranks to be the only player in terms of completing the Open Era to achieve double career Grand Slam and has won Career Golden Masters twice in his career.
Novak is well known for maintaining his world record in tennis games and tournaments. He first began his tennis career in 2003. Merely at the age of 20, he stood against the players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal streaking 11 consecutive major wins. He won the title of the first Grand Slam of Australia Open in 2008. In 2010, Novak Djokovic separated himself from other team members and joined Federer and Nadal in the Big Three group that is known for dominating men’s tennis for more than a decade.
Novak Djokovic was born in Belgrade on 22nd May 1987 under the parenthood of Srđan and Dijana Đoković. He belongs to mixed ethnicity as his father belongs to Serbian descent and his mother belongs to Croatian descent. He is the elder of all three brothers. His other two brothers were named Marko and Djordje. They are also involved in playing tennis. In early childhood, as a young child, he was given a mini-racket and a softball to play with, by his parents which is acclaimed by his father and to which he comments that “it was the favorite toy of his life”.
Novak Djokovic started playing tennis at the age of four when he was first sent to tennis camp in Novi Sad. His parents don’t have any belonging from a tennis background neither they play for this particular game. In the summers of 1993, before joining the primary school, the six-year-old small kid was sent to tennis camp at Mount Kopaonik where his parents ran a fast-food parlor and worked for being supporting the sports equipment from the earning point of view.
Start of the Great Journey
Once upon a time, Gencic worked with the young child following the six-year and it made her realize that shifting abroad in search of increasing the level of competition and sports practices would make the best option for him. Thereafter, she contacted Nikola Pilic, and later in September 1992, the 12-year-old boy moved to the Pilic tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany, and spent almost four years while practicing for the game. When Novak turned 14, he began his training for an international career. He won the title of European singles championship, doubles championship, and teams tournaments. He was later coached by Marian Vajda who had remained a former Slovak-based tennis player. Later in 2013, Boris Becker took over the role of being the head coach. Both the coaches ended their official contract with Novak Djokovic in December 2016.
Novak Djokovic Career
As a junior (2001-03)
Novak got participated in the Yugoslav national team. While playing for singles, he reached the final of Junior Davis Cup 2001 but later lost the match. Thereafter, while playing in the junior’s team, he compiled the singles win/loss record of 40-11 that made him reach the world ranking of 24 in February 2004. One of his best performances was being at the Australian Open 2004 where he reached the semi-finals. He also participated in the French Open and US Open in junior events in 2003.
Novak Djokovic became a professional tennis player in 2003 when he entered the ATP tour around the time when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal established themselves to be the top two dominant figures in the tennis industry (in men’s tennis). He played for Futures and Challenger tournaments at the beginning of his professional days. Later he won three of each type consecutively from 2003 to 2005. Novak Djokovic first made his Grand Slam appearance by qualifying for the Australian Open 2005 where he conquered Marat Safin in the first round after beating Stan Wawrinka in qualifying.
Later, he reached the third round of both Wimbledon and US Open games while defeating some of the stars of the game named Gael Monfils, Mario Ancic, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. He participated in the four Masters events and got qualified for both of them. His best performance was nominated to be in Paris where he outstretched himself till the third round and beat the fourth seed along the way. Djokovic ranked at number one for the first time when he won three out of four majors and then the season of five Masters Events.
He maintained his position of being the number one player in the rest of men’s tennis nearly for a decade. He has won the tour and Master’s title, four out of five titles at ATP, regularly and consecutively from 2012 through 2015. After maintaining the world record of being at number one for four consecutive years, he ends up finishing at being number 3 through 2010 and maintain the number one position for the next six years and number two for the next decade. On-an-all, it can be summed up that Novak Djokovic continued being at number one position while being fluctuating through second and third position.
Novak Djokovic Biography
|Real Name||Novak Djokovic|
|Birth Date||May 22, 1987|
|Age (as of 2021)||34 Years|
|Birth Place||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Profession||Professional Tennis Player|
|Height||in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 188 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 78 kg – in Pounds – 172 lbs|
|Shoe Size||11 (U.S.)|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Brother||Two (Marko & Djordge Djokovic)|
|School||Pilic Tennis Academy|
|Who is his wife?||Jelena Ristic Djokovic|
|Children||Two (Stefan & Tara)|
Novak Djokovic got married to the lady of his life named Jelena Ristić to who he met in High School. The couple started dating each other in 2005. Later, they got engaged in September 2013 and got married on 10th July 2014 in Montenegro. On 24th April 2014, Novak announced that the couple together was pregnant with their first child. Later in October 2014, their first child that was a boy (later named Stefan) was born in Nice, France. Their second child Tara was born in September 2017. Novak often used to post pictures of his kids and wife on his social media pages including a visit to any tour. Jelena seems to help Djokovic to run his Foundation named “the Novak Djokovic Foundation”.
Novak Djokovic Net worth
With his hard work and diligence, Novak turns out to be a legendary player in the open era. He has earned a huge name for himself while withstanding the test of time. Coming from the poor part of Europe, the world’s no. 1 tennis player fights for every single opportunity and dominated the men’s tennis game with his name along with his rivals- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The 32-year-old Djokovic has attained 17 Grand Slam titles on his name. His net worth is around $220 Million. His endorsements include Bombardier Aerospace, Adidas, Mercedes Benz, Telekom Srbija, Uniqlo, and many more. He ranks among the top 10 richest players in the tennis industry.
- Novak won around 10 tournaments in 2011. Out of ten, three were the Grand Slams Tournaments at US Open, Wimbledon, and Australia Open.
- He broke the record by attaining five ATP Masters titles on his name and setting the record of winning the prize money in a single season (Around $ 12 million)
- On the other hand, Pete Sampras declared the performance of Djokovic in the 2011 season to be one of the bests that he had ever seen in his life calling it to be one of the best achievements of all the sports in his career.
- Boris Becker called Djokovic’s performance in season 2011 to be one of the best years in tennis. It should be noted that in the season 2011, he defeated the top players Federer and Nadal that comes around to be a huge challenge in the field of tennis in the world.
- Rafael who lost the cup to Djokovic on three different surfaces described Djokovic’s performances as the best-seen performance that probably lies in the high level.
- Later to his winning, he was named ITF World Champion.
- Novak has proved himself to be the best tennis player. He is dedicated and hardworking and has maintained a top position for reaching his goals.
- He has earned a huge amount of money by winning the different tournaments and connecting with commercial sponsorships.