Born22 May 1987
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is an exceptionally talented player with numerous record-making and breaking performances. His presence in the big game adds colours and unending excitement. Having won several Grand Slam titles, he is considered one of the greatest professional tennis players ever.
Childhood and Early Life
Novak Djokovic was born in Serbia in 1987. Djokovic is of both Serbian and Croatian descent.Father Srdjan and mother Dijana owned the company Family Sports, which had three restaurants and a tennis academy. Djokovic's father, uncle and aunt were all professional skiers, and his father also excelled at soccer, but Djokovic was a tennis prodigy. He has two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje who also play tennis.
When he was four years old he got introduced to the game and by the time he was six, during the summer of 1993, he was spotted by Serbian tennis player and coach Jelena Genčić, in his parent’s fast-food joint at Mount Kopaonik. She was amazed by his excellent performance at such young age and since then till 1999 she coached the budding star. For his further development Genčić made arrangement for him to train under former Croatian tennis player Nikola Pilić and the 12 year old boy was shifted to Pilić tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany in September 1999 where he spent four years.
In 2001, at age 14, he began his international career. The 14-year-old Djokovic ended 2001 as a triple European champion in singles, doubles and team competition. He won the silver medal at the World Junior Championship in a team competition for Yugoslavia. At 16, after winning five ITF tournaments, he was ranked the 40th best junior tennis player in the world. In 2004, he won his first ATP Challenger tournament in Budapest, where he started as a qualifier. Djokovic entered the top 100 of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) at age 18, and in July 2006 he won his first ATP event.
After advancing to the semifinals at both the 2007 French Open and Wimbledon, he reached the finals of that year’s U.S. Open but lost in straight sets to Roger Federer. Djokovic’s hot play continued into 2008 as he won the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open, becoming the first Serbian man to win one of tennis’s four most prestigious singles championships.
Djokovic began his 2009 season with the Brisbane Invitational where he was ousted in the first round. At the Australian Open, he retired in the quarterfinal. He went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championship singles but failed to defend his BNP Paribas Open as well as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Djokovic, however, won the Serbia Open. In the French Open, Djokovic was defeated in the third round. Djokovic seemed to be unstoppable at the Wimbledon before losing in the quarter-final. He suffered a similar fate at the semifinal of the US Open. Djokovic went on to win the China Open, the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 and the BNP Paribas Masters. He finished the year in the no. 3 spot in the ATP world rankings.
His fortunes turned in December 2010 when he led the Serbian Davis Cup team to the country’s first Davis Cup title. His Davis Cup victories marked the beginning of a 43-match winning steak—the third longest such streak in the Open era (since 1968)—which included a second Australian Open title in January 2011. Djokovic’s remarkable streak ended with a French Open semifinal loss to Federer, but his strong play helped him rise to the number one world ranking shortly after he defeated Rafael Nadal to capture the 2011 Wimbledon championship. Djokovic later defeated Nadal in the U.S. Open final to claim his third Grand Slam title of the year.
In 2012, he won the Australian Open again, he also defended his Miami Masters. He failed to defend his French Open title as well as defend his Wimbledon title. At the Olympics, he came fourth. In the final of the US Open, he was defeated by Andy Murray. He proceeded to win the Shanghai Masters as well as the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals.
In 2013 Djokovic defeated Andy Murray to win his fourth Australian Open title, and he captured another Wimbledon championship the following year when he beat Federer in a dramatic five-set final. He again beat Murray to capture his fifth career Australian Open in 2015, which made Djokovic the all-time leader in Australian Open men’s singles championships during the Open era. After a loss in the 2015 French Open final, the top-ranked Djokovic bested Federer to win his third Wimbledon championship. He continued his hot play at the U.S. Open, beating Federer in the final to capture his 10th career Grand Slam title. Djokovic ran his winning streak in Grand Slam matches to 21 when he beat Murray in straight sets in the final of the 2016 Australian Open. He again bested Murray in a Grand Slam final at the 2016 French Open, giving Djokovic a career Grand Slam with his first French Open championship.
Djokovic began 2017 by defending his Qatar Open title but was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open. He went on to lose out in other tournaments before splitting with his coach and team. At the French Open, he lost out in the quarterfinal. In the Wimbledon, he suffered the same feat. He pulled out of the US Open as well as the rest of the season as a result of an elbow injury.
In 2018, Djokovic lost out in the third round of the Australian Open. He went on to win the Wimbledon as well as the Cincinnati Masters. He went on to win the US Open, which restored him to the top 3 in the world rankings. He finished the year at the no. 1 spot after failing to win the Paris Masters and ATP tournament.
Awards and Achievements
Grand Slam Singles
1,Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
2,French Open (2016)
3,Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018)
4,US Open (2011, 2015, 2018)
Other Tournaments and Awards
1.Tour Finals (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
2.Davis Cup (2010)
3.ITF World Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
4.ATP Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Novak Djokovic got married to his high school sweetheart, Jelena Ristic Djokovic .On July 10, 2014, they got married on Sveti Stefan, a small island and hotel resort in Montenegro and on July 12 the church wedding took place in the ‘Church of Saint Stephen’. They both have two children, Stefan, their son and Tara, their daughter.
Djokovic speaks Serbian, French, English German and Italian.
Djokovic's lighthearted personality has earned him the nickname "Djoker," a combination of his surname and the word "joker." He is known for his humorous off-court impersonations of fellow players.
Djokovic founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007. His foundation is aimed at helping underprivileged children in Siberia live a productive life by providing education as well as other resources needed for their general upkeep.
In 2016 he donated $20,000 for the early childhood education program undertaken by ‘Melbourne City Mission’ to aid underprivileged children.
Novak Djokovic Quotes
1. “I know that success does not come at once, it is not a thing achieved overnight. It is the result of many, many, many years of working and trying to achieve goals.”
2. “I am the greatest tennis player. The other players are like coins in my pocket that I give to a homeless man.”
3. “Each year represents new challenges and obstacles. You have to adjust.”
4. “I had to listen to the classical music because it calms me down, calms my nerves down. ”
5. “I am grateful to life. And also to the people who have brought me here. Without them, I could not be where I am now.”
6. “My father believed in me many times more than I believed in myself. ”
7. “I don't like to compare years, honestly. I think every year is a different experience, a different challenge. You grow. You evolve as a person and as a player.”
8. “Mostly the problems when I was down were caused by myself. There were times when I was not responsible enough or decisive enough.”
9. “I want the same thing I've wanted since I was 7 years old. I want to be No. 1.”
10. “Pressure is part of what we do. It's always present.”
11. “I think luck falls on not just the brave but also the ones who believe they belong there.”
12. “We only have one life and one body to care of, and we better do it right. You never know what tomorrow may bring and so we better live this life the best we can and be grateful for everything we have. ”