Novak Djokovic is a player you need no introduction to if you have even the slightest idea about the World of tennis. The Serbian player is presently ranked at the No.1 position by the Association of Tennis Professionals for a staggering 375 weeks, which is a feat rarely accomplished by most tennis players. He has clinched the ATP Year-End No. 1 position on seven occasions.
He has 20 Grand Slam Men’s singles titles under his belt along with 9 Australian Open titles.
86 Singles titles belong to him out of which 37 are for Masters events.
He is the only man in the Open Era to hold a double career Grand Slam. He is also the only one to have completed a non-calendar year Grand Slam.
|Coach||Marian Vajda, Goran Ivanisevic|
|Grand Slam titles||20|
|Highest ranking||No. 1|
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Social media profile||@DjokerNole|
Personal Information and Relationships
Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987, in Belgrade, then Yugoslavia, now known as Serbia. His parents were of Serbian and Croatian descent. He has two younger brothers who also play tennis at a professional level.
His introduction to the game was a mini racket and soft foam ball that was a gift, which, according to his parents, turned into the love of his life.
He began playing tennis at the young age of four when he attended tennis camp and became enamored by the game.
At the age of six, Djokovic attended another tennis camp that was overseen by Jelena Gencic, the Yugoslavian tennis sensation. She is believed to have noticed his talent and took up tutoring the young Djokovic during the formative years of his game.
When he was 12 Gencic arranged for him to attend the Pilic tennis academy in Germany. The teenager spent the next 4 years of his life there.
At 14 Djokovic began his official, professional tennis career, by winning a series of European tennis championships in the singles, doubles and team categories.
Djokovic is married to his High School sweetheart, Jelena Ristic and the couple have a son and a daughter.
Career Prize Money Earnings
- Between 2003 – 2005 is the time that Djokovic’s professional career actually took off. This is when he entered the ATP tour and faced a number of his future rivals.
- In 2006, Djokovic won his first ATP title at the Dutch Open in Amersfoort.
- In the same year, he also clinched the Davis Cup for the first time.
- The year 2007 was not a very good one for him as he had a string of defeats, but also ended the year by taking his position on the ranking at the No.3 spot.
- In the year 2009, Djokovic was seen in 10 major finals, five of which he won.
- In 2010 he won the coveted Davis Cup for the first time while still managing to reach the US Open final.
- 2011 was the year that Djokovic finally achieved his glory by winning 10 titles, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
- He also shattered records by claiming the ATP title five times.
- He continued his winning streak in the year 2012 when he claimed the Australian Open and held the position for the World No.1 in tennis.
- With more than 153 million US dollars to his name, Novak Djokovic is only one of three players in the World to have made more than 100 million dollars only in prize money. It is hence, no surprise that he is considered to be the best tennis player of all time.
Endorsements and Sponsors
- Hublot is the official watch sponsor for the tennis sensation and he wears their watches to most of his matches.
- Lacoste has also been closely associated with the player since the beginning of 2017, sponsoring his clothes. He is also a brand ambassador for them and is supplied with various equipment before each match.
- His deal with the racket company Head supposedly fetches him around 7.5 million dollars per year.
- Asics is his footwear provider and he reportedly makes something to the tune of 4 million dollars from them.
- From 2014 to 2017 is when Peugeot had a deal with the tennis ace and he represented them. The deal supposedly came to an end after 3 years, but more recently, Djokovic was seen sporting their logo again which led to speculations that he preferred them due to their contribution to creating cleaner and more environmentally friendly automobiles.
- In 2019, he also joined hands with the Ultimate Kronos Group.
- Raiffeisen Bank is an Austrian banking group that the player represents as well.
Djokovic’s net worth is rumored to be around 220 million dollars, much of which he also invests in philanthropic efforts.
- Djokovic is multilingual and loves learning new languages.
- He is said to always eat grass when he is at Wimbledon.
- He is gluten intolerant so he prefers to prepare his own meals.
- Rafael Nadal is said to be one of his staunchest opponents.
- He founded the Novak Djokovic foundation through which he performs many philanthropic activities.
- Having grown up in a war torn nation and braving the odds himself, he is a great promoter of peace through sport.