Novak Djokovic is currently the World’s No. 1 Tennis Player in men’s single. The title is given by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is the first Serbian player to be ranked No. 1. He continued his dominance by defeating Italian Tennis Player Matteo Berrettini, thereby winning Wimbledon 2021 Men’s Final Title.
Native Name: Новак Ђоковић ( Novak Djokovic)
Birth: May 22, 1987
Age: 33 years
Profession Siberian Tennis Player (Right-handed) two-handed backhand
Wife: Jelena Ristić (Married July 10, 2014)
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height: 6 ft. 2 inches (1.88m)
Coaches: Marián Vajda
Novak Djokovic: Early Life and Family
Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987, to Srđan and Dijana in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is paternally Serbian and maternally Croatian. He has two brothers– Marko and Djordje.
At the age of 4, Novak Djokovic started playing tennis. In 1993, he was six years old and was spotted by Yugoslav Tennis player Jelena Genčić at Mount Kaponik. His parents ran a food parlour in that area.
In September 1999, at the age of 12, Djokovic moved to Pilić tennis academy in Germany and spent four years of his life there. At the age of 14, he began his international career and won European championships in singles, doubles, and team competitions.
Novak Djokovic: Personal Life
Novak Djokovic met his future wife in High school. In 2005, Jelena Ristić and Novak Djokovic started dating each other. In September 2013, the couple got engaged and on July 10, 2014, got married in a 5-star hotel– Sveti Stefan. On July 12, 2014, a church wedding in Saint Stephen took place. Before getting married, on April 24, 2014, the couple announced that they are expecting their first child. On October 21, 2014, their son Stefan was born in France. On September 2, 2017, the couple gave birth to their daughter Tara.
In 2001, Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Junior Davis Cup for under 14 players but lost the match in singles. In February 2004, he reached a combined junior world ranking of No. 24 (win/loss record of 40–11 in singles and 23–6 in doubles).
In 2003, he entered ATP World Tour and mainly played in Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning three of each type from 2003 to 2005.
In the 2005 Australian Open, he made his first Grand Slam tournament appearance but lost to the eventual champion Marat Safin in the first round. He made it to the third round in both Wimbledon (defeated Guillermo García-López) and the US Open (defeated Gaël Monfils and Mario Ančić).
In 2006, he ranked in the top 40 in the world singles rankings. After three weeks at Wimbledon, Djokovic defeated Nicolás Massú in the final at Dutch Open in Amersfoort and won his first ATP title.
The same year, he won his second career title at Moselle Open in Metz and made space in the top 20.
In 2006, he was also offered several opportunities by Britain but he turned them down. As per Djokovic if he would have played for Great Britain, he would have played exactly as he plays for Siberia, but he would never have felt that he belonged there.
In 2007, Djokovic defeated Chris Guccione in the final of the tournament in Adelaide. He lost the fourth round to eventual champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open. However, he performed well at the Master Series events in India Wells (runner-up) and Key Biscayne (Champion). These performances helped him to be on the world’s top 10 list.
Djokovic returned to Serbia after winning his first Master Series title to help his country enter the Davis Cup World Group. In Monte Carlo Masters, in the third round, he was defeated by David Ferrer. At Estoril Open he defeated Richard Gasquet in the final. At Internazionali d’Italia in Rome, he lost to Rafael Nadal and at Hamburg Masters lost to Carlos Moyà. At Wimbledon, he won the quarterfinal against Marcos Baghdatis.
At Rogers Cup in Montreal, Djokovic defeated No. 3 Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals, No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, and No. 1 Roger Federer in the final. This was the first time since Boris Becker in 1994 that a player defeated the top players in a single tournament. Also, he is the second player to defeat both Federer and Nadal since they became the top two players in the world after Tomáš Berdych.
Novak Djokovic defeated Stanislas Wawrinka at the BA-CA TennisTrophy in Vienna winning his fifth title of the year. In 2007, he was awarded the Golden Badge for the best athlete in Serbia and the Olympic Committee of Serbia declared Djokovic as the best athlete in the country.
In 2008, Djokovic reached his second consecutive Grand Slam final and defeated two-time defending champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals becoming the youngest player to reach the semi-finals in all four Grand Slam events.
At Dubai Tennis Championships he lost in the semi-finals to Roddick and at the Pacific Life Masters in Indian Wells, he won his ninth career singles title defeating Mardy Fish.
At Internazionali d’Italia in Rome, he won his tenth career singles and fourth Master Series singles defeating Wawrinka. At Artois Championships final in Queen’s Club, he lost to Nadal. At Wimbledon, lost to Safin. At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, he lost to Andy Murray. At the Cincinnati Masters, he defeated Nadal in the semi-finals. In Finals, he lost to Murray.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Djokovic lost the semi-finals to Nadal. At the US Open, he lost to Federer in the semi-finals. At Thailand Open, he lost to Tsonga.
At Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, he defeated Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets, Nikolay Davydenko in three sets and lost his final round-robin match against Tsonga. He qualified for the semi-finals and defeated Gilles Simon and in the finals defeated Davydenko and won his first-ever Tennis Masters Cup title.
In 2009, at Brisbane International, he lost to Ernests Gulbis. At Sydney International, he lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the semi-finals. He lost to Tsonga in the Open 13 tournament in Marseille. He won the singles title at Dubai Tennis Championships against Ferrer. At BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Djokovic was the defending champion but lost to Roddick. At Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, he lost to Murray in the finals.
Novak Djokovic lost the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final to Nadal and lost the finals at Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. At Serbia Open in Belgrade, he defeated Łukasz Kubot. At Madrid Open, he lost to Nadal. At French Open, he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber. At Wimbledon, he lost to Tommy Haas.
In US Open Series, at Rogers Cup, he lost to Roddick and at Cincinnati Masters lost to Federer. At China Open in Beijing, in the semi-finals, he defeated Victor Hănescu, Viktor Troicki, Verdasco and Robin Söderling and in the finals defeated Marin Čilić.
At Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, Djokovic lost to Davydenko. At Swiss Indoors in Basel, he defeated Federer. At BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, he defeated Gaël Monfils to win his first Masters 1000 title of the year. In 2009, Djokovic ended the year as the No. 3 for three years in a row.
In 2010, he played AAMI Classic and lost to Fernando Verdasco. At the 2010 Australian Open, lost to Tsonga. However, he gained his highest career ranking No.2 in the year 2010. At ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, he lost to Youzhny. He defeated Youzhny at Dubai Tennis Championships.
In the Davis Cup, he helped Serbia to reach its first quarterfinal with a 3-2 victory and defeated Querrey and Isner. At Indian Wells Masters, he lost to Ljubičić. At Miami Masters, he lost to Olivier Rochus.
At Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and at Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, he lost to Verdasco. At French Open he seeded third and lost to Jürgen Melzer in five sets. He entered third seed at Wimbledon and lost to Tomáš Berdych in straight sets.
At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, he lost to Federer. In doubles, he paired up with Nadal only to lose against Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. At Cincinnati Masters, he lost to Roddick.
At US Open, he defeated Federer in the semi-finals but lost to Nadal in the finals. At China Open, he played in the top seed and as defending champion and defeated Ferrer in the final. At Shanghai Masters, he lost to Federer. At ATP World Tour Finals in London, he lost to Federer.
In 2010, he was awarded the title “Serbian Sportsman of the year” by the Olympic Committee of Serbia and “Serbian Athlete of the year” by DSL Sport.
Novak Djokovic: Philantropic Work
Novak Djokovic established Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 to help underprivileged children grow up and develop in stimulating and safe environments. In August 2005, the foundation partnered with the World Bank to promote early childhood education in Serbia. The foundation has so far built over 40 schools and supported almost 20,800 children and a thousand families.
Novak Djokovic participated in charity matches to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Avala Tower, aid victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2010–11 Queensland floods.
Post his 2014 Rome Masters victory, he donated the prize money to the flood victims in Serbia, his foundation collected another $600,000. In August 2015, he was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Following his 2016 Australian Open victory, Djokovic donated $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission’s early childhood education programme to help disadvantaged children.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his wife announced that they will donate €1 million for the purchase of ventilators and medical equipment to support hospitals and other medical institutions. He also made a donation to Bergamo, one of the worst-affected provinces, as well as to Novi Pazar and Kosovska Mitrovica.