Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Djokovic has been No. 1 for a record total of 312 weeks, and has finished as year-end No. 1 on six occasions, an Open Era record shared with Pete Sampras.

Born: 22 May 1987 (age 33 years), Belgrade, Serbia

Grand slams won (singles): 18

Nationality: Serbian

Spouse: Jelena Đoković (m. 2014)

Tour Finals: W (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Olympic Games 2008

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 Kopaonik. His parents ran a food parlour in that area.

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. 

Start of professional career

Djokovic turned professional in 2003 by entering the ATP World Tour. At the beginning of his professional career, he mainly played in Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning three of each type from 2003 to 2005. His first tour-level tournament was Umag in 2004, where he lost to Filippo Volandri in the round of 32.

Djokovic made his first Grand Slam tournament appearance by qualifying for the 2005 Australian Open, where he was defeated by eventual champion Marat Safin in the first round in straight sets, after defeating future rival Stanislas Wawrinka in qualifying.] He went on to reach the third round of both Wimbledon and the US Open, coming back from two sets down to defeat Guillermo García-López in the former, and beating Gaël Monfils and Mario Ančić in the latter. Djokovic participated in four Masters events and qualified for two of them, his best performance coming in Paris, where he reached the third round and defeated fourth seed Mariano Puerta along the way.

2006: First ATP titles

2007: Top 10 and first Masters title

2008: First Major title

2009: Ten finals, five titles

2010: Davis Cup title & US Open runner-up

2011: Three Majors and No. 1 ranking

2012: Third Australian Open title and year-end No. 1

2013: Fourth Australian Open title

2014: Second Wimbledon title and return to No. 1

2015: One of the greatest tennis seasons of all time

2016: ‘Nole Slam’ and ranking points record

2017: Split with team and long injury hiatus

2018: Surgery, two Majors, back to No. 1 and the Career Golden Masters

2019: 7th Australian Open title and 5th Wimbledon title

2020: ATP Cup, 8th Australian Open, Career Masters double & 6th year-end no.1

2021: 9th Australian Open & record weeks at No. 1

Professional Tennis Players Association

In August 2020, Djokovic resigned from the Players Council of the Association of Tennis Professionals and formed the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) with Vasek Pospisil. The pair will serve as co-presidents of the new organisation to promote the interests of male tennis players above a ranking of 500 in singles and 200 in doubles. Like the ATP, women players are not currently included in the PTPA.

How old was Djokovic when he won his first major?

20 years old

Novak Djokovic was 20 years old and playing his second straight Grand Slam final when he became a Grand Slam champion for the first time – fittingly at the Australian Open, a tournament where he has since gone on to establish an unmatched legacy.

What happened to Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic, the top men’s player in a sport with its share of meltdowns and misbehavior, became the first No. 1 disqualified from a Grand Slam singles tournament after he inadvertently struck a line judge with a ball hit in frustration at the United States Open on Sunday.

Why has Novak Djokovic been disqualified?

Novak Djokovic was disqualified after he accidentally hit a line judge with a ball that was not in play.

Why did Novak Djokovic retire from the US Open?

Novak Djokovic could not finish his US Open match against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, and after being forced to retire from the competition due to a left shoulder injury, he was met with boos from the fans.  The 32-year-old has been dealing with the lingering injury for some time and just has not been able to overcome it.

How much is Novak Djokovic worth?

2020 Celebrity 100 Earnings

His $144 million in career prize money is the highest all-time; his career Slam titles rank third behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.


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