Novak Djokovic: wife, children, family

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Novak Djokovic is one of the best tennis players ever. © IMAGO / Marko Metlas

Serbia’s superstar Novak Djokovic is the son of an innkeeper and is celebrating incredible success on the tennis court today. What do you know about him.

Munich – What constitutes the professional CV of tennis professional Novak Djokovic, who was born in Belgrade on May 22, 1987, has been known for years and is always part of international headlines and databases:

  • Novak Djokovic was number 1 on the ATP world rankings for 361 days in a row.
  • Novak Djokovic has finished the tennis season as number 1 for more years than any other player: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Novak Djokovic has won 20 Grand Slam titles: nine times Australia (record), twice French Open, six times Wimbledon and three times US Open.

Novak Djokovic – French Open 2022

According to tournament director Amélie Mauresmo, nothing should stand in the way of Novak Djokovic’s participation in the 2022 French Open – despite his refusal to be vaccinated against the corona virus. At the Australian Open earlier this year, Djokovic was sent off after a long legal battle and was unable to attack his 21st Grand Slam title. However, due to far-reaching corona relief in France, vaccination is no longer a prerequisite for participating in a sporting event such as the French Open.

What Djokovic could possibly still fail to do with Roland Garros is a mysterious illness that Djokovic contracted on April 24, 2022 after his 2-6, 7-6, 0-6 defeat in the final by Serbian Open said: “I can not see if it is from the disease I had a few weeks ago or not. … It was not Corona … I do not want to go into details. But it affected my metabolism on such way that I had to be treated. ”

Novak Djokovic – his private life

He is an absolute superstar and has won everything there is to win in recent years. But who is behind him, has his back and supports him and his career as a tennis professional? Answer this question: First of all, his wife. In 2005, at the age of 18, Novak met Jelena Ristic. Since then they have been a couple they got engaged to in 2013, a year later they got married on July 10, 2014 shortly after winning the Wimbledon championships for the second time and had a son Stefan (2014) and a daughter Tara (2017). The wedding celebration took place on a small island in Montenegro, which is part of the resort Sveti Stefan.

The couple had previously been married in a small family circle at a religious ceremony by two Serbian Orthodox priests. Several celebrities also attended the Serbian tennis star’s wedding. This included his then-coach Boris Becker with his then-wife Lilly. In the years after the wedding, there were repeated rumors of marital crises, and there was even speculation about an impending divorce. Novak Djokovic repeatedly vehemently contradicted these rumors.

Novak Djokovic – who is Jelena Ristic?

Jelena Ristic was born on June 17, 1986 in Belgrade. There she grew up with her parents Miomir and Vera Ristic and with her big sister Marija, with whom she now works closely professionally. Today, Jelena Djokovic works as an influencer and runs her own website, where she publishes articles on health, self-optimization, books and psychology.

In addition, Novak Djokovic’s wife is dedicated to the Djokovic Foundation, which aims to support vulnerable children in their early stages of development between birth and the age of eight. The fund focuses primarily on supporting projects in Serbia, but is also active in Australia, Florida, Croatia and Bosnia.

Novak Djokovic – his family

His father Srdjan Djokovic and mother Dijana Djokovic had two more children, Marko and Djordje, after Novak. Novak Djokovic’s parents supported his sporting career from the start. Among other things, they enabled him to attend the Nikola Pilics Munich Tennis Academy. Mother Dijana once said openly: “We neglected his two younger brothers because we often spontaneously reconciled our plans with Novak.”

At that time, the parents ran a pizzeria and a shop in the Kopaonik ski area to earn enough money for their children and Novak Djokovics’ career. To fund his career, Srdjan even borrowed money from illegal gangs. Even today, both are the driving forces behind the “Djokovic clan”: Dijana Djokovic is even portrayed time and time again as the real boss pulling the strings. When her son was asked a critical question about how he felt about his corona disease during a press conference, Dijana whispered something to her youngest son Djordje, who then stopped the press conference following Dijana’s instructions.

But father Srdjan was also an important part of his son’s career right from the start: While mother Dijana looked after the two younger brothers Marko and Djordje, he drove to all tournaments with Novak from an early age. “I did not leave his side for ten years. We received no support at all wherever we went,” he told the magazine in a 2016 interview Newsweek. “I was Novak’s mother, father, trainer, physiotherapist – everything!”

Novak Djokovic – not everyone knows about the superstar

  • In 2014, Novak Djokovic published a book on this topic entitled “Siegernahrung: gluten-free nutrition for top performance”.
  • The Serbian tennis pro has a restaurant chain in his home country. It’s called “Novak Café + Restaurant”. His chain of restaurants serves donkey milk cheese – a specialty in Serbia and one of the most expensive cheeses in the world.
  • In April 2016, Novak Djokovic opened a vegan restaurant in Monaco.
  • Djokovic is committed to socially disadvantaged people and allows them to eat for free at its restaurants. In addition, Novak and Jelena Djokovic opened the vegan restaurant “eqvita” in Monaco in 2016.
  • Djokovic is considered a talent for language. In addition to Serbian, he is fluent in several other foreign languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Slovak.
  • The estimates regarding additional and wealth magazine According to him, in 2022 he will have total assets of around 150 to 180 million euros. In 2021 alone, the athlete’s income was estimated at 20 million euros.
  • His fortune consists of various prize money and lucrative advertising revenue. Its top sponsors include Peugeot, Lacoste and watchmaker Seiko.
  • About ten million people follow Djokovic on Instagram.
  • When Serbia was bombed by NATO in the Kosovo conflict in 1999, Novak lived with his younger brothers Marko and Djordje with his grandfather Vladimir near Belgrade. “The basement is practically where we lived,” Novak recalled in a BBC documentary. In the bunker, they would have sought protection from the bombs that fell from the sky almost every night.

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