“ ‘Belief’ is the most universal word to me, even more than ‘hope’. For one to achieve his dreams, he needs to truly believe in them!”
Nicknamed "Djoker" & "Nole"
Is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Holds the best match winning rate in Open Era (83.00%), as of August 2016.
At age 4 began playing tennis and when he was 6, Jelena Genčić seeing him play tennis, stated: "This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles."
“A champion in waiting”, I was called by Jelena Gencic, the woman who first saw me at the age of five and decided that my fastidiously packed tennis bag I had brought along with me to the local courts, pointed to unteachable qualities, some innate capacity and depth of character. "Jelena Gencic was my first coach and my second mother."
At age 12, attended Pilić Academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany and practiced there for almost 4 years.
At age 14 began international career, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition.
At age 16 (2003) - made pro debut.
Idol growing up was Pete Sampras.
His 2012 Australian Open final is considered the greatest match ever seen.
Hard is favourite surface, but considers himself well-rounded.
Best shots are backhand down the line and return of serve.
Novak Djokovic is Vegan. Added the occasional consumption of fish to his dietary regimen. In 2016 opened a vegan restaurant in Monte Carlo.
Fan of languages. Speaks: Italian, French, Serbian, English & German.
Became very famous on YouTube for his humorous off-court impersonations of his friends-players.
Appeared in the 2007, 2014 and 2015 Vogue Magazine Sept. issue.
Novak Djokovic's Family
Father, Srdjan is Montenegrin in origin and mother, Dijana, is Croatian by background.
Father, uncle and aunt were all professional skiers and father was also an excellent football player. Father wanted him to be a football player or skier but excelled in tennis at an early age. "I love football and it's the sport I would really like to play for one of our football clubs when I finish my tennis career. That's what I really want to do. When I finish, who knows? A couple of games, or half a season."
Family owns a company “Family Sports,” which has three restaurants and a tennis academy.
Younger brothers, Marko (1991) and Djordje (1995) are also tennis players with professional aspirations.
Wife Jelena Ristić (met in high school, began dating in 2005, married July 10, 2014 in a private ceremony on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro).
Son, Stefan (born October 21, 2014).
Founded Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 with a dream to help children from disadvantaged communities gain access to preschool education. The motto of the Foundation is “Believe in their dreams.” To this date, his Foundation successfully finished 37 projects, renovated or built 17 schools, offered training to more than 600 teachers, donated 3,000 books, built a sensory park for autistic children, a tennis court in Priboj, and many more. Directly, through his Foundation, he helped 7,500 children have a better starting point in life by investing in their development from an early age. In Aug. 2015, Novak represented his Foundation and signed a partnership agreement with the World Bank to promote early childhood development in Serbia and in the world. This includes global advocacy on the importance of investing into early childhood education, as well as investments to help disadvantaged children in Novak’s native Serbia. Thanks to Original magazine, founded by Jelena Djokovic, NDF is reaching more than 35,000 students.
Named 2011 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year; 2011, 2014 and 2016 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year; and 2015 Eurosport Athlete of the Year.
In 2012, received Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth across the world from HRH the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William (Winter Whites Gala 2012).
Appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in August 2015.
Member of the "Champions for Peace" club. Serves peace in the world through sport.
Serves as ambassador for UNICEF in Serbia to defend children’s rights and provide access to early education.
Named recipient of ATP World Tour No.1 Presented by Emirates Award in 2011-12 and 2014-15, Most Improved Player of the Year Award in 2006-07 (voted by players) and Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2012 for Novak Djokovic Foundation & UNICEF ambassador work.
Member of ATP Player Council for two terms (2008-10 & 2016-18 as President).
"I feel more fulfilled. More complete as a player today than I was in 2011. Physically stronger, mentally more experienced, and tougher, as well."
Personal Team & Coaching
Works with coaches Marián Vajda, former Slovak tennis player (since 2006) and Boris Becker (former world No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam champion), head coach since 2013.
Fitness trainer is Gebhard Phil-Gritsch and physiotherapist is Miljan Amanovic.