Novak Djokovic was born May 22, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia, to father Srdan and mother, Dijana. His two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje, are also tennis players with professional aspirations. Since the end of 2005, Novak has been dating Jelena Ristic.
Free Tennis Lesson with Novak Djokovic
He started playing tennis at the age of four. In the summer 1993, the six-year-old got spotted by Yugoslav tennis legend Jelena Gencic at Mount Kopaonik where Djokovic’s parents ran a fast-food parlour. Upon seeing the dedicated and talented youngster in action she stated: “This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles.” Gencic worked with young Djokovic over the following six years before realizing that, due to his rapid development, going abroad in search of increased level of competition is the best option for his future. To that end she contacted Nikola Pilic and in September 1999, the 12-year-old moved to Pilic tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany, spending three months there. At age 14, his international career began, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition.
He resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and has been coached since 2006 by a former Slovak tennis player, Marián Vajda.
Djokovic is known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends. This became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyà, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. He also did an impression of American tennis great John McEnroe after his final preliminary game at the 2009 US Open, before playing a brief game with McEnroe, much to the delight of the audience. It is because of this jovial personality that he earned the nickname “Djoker”, a portmanteau of his surname and the word joker. Novak Djokovic is a member of the “Champions for Peace” club, a group of famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
Similar to fellow pro Roger Federer, Djokovic is a self described fan of languages, speaking four himself: his native Serbian, English, German, and Italian.
As reported in Wikipedia..