10 questions about Novak Djokovic – Sampras, Ivanisevic, Jelena

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Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players in history and arguably the greatest Serbian sportsman of all-time. Here are the answers to the 10 questions you may ask yourself about him.

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When was Novak Djokovic born?

Novak Djokovic was born in Beograd, Yugoslavia, on May 22, 1987.

What is his nationality?

Djokovic is Serbian. He often speaks about his pride to represent his country around the world. “Our country’s image has been really bad, he explained in an interview for French newspaper L’Equipe in 2014. So I try to best represent my country, give a positive image, show that we are proud and frequentable.” Djokovic regularly participates in international team competitions. He won the Davis Cup in 2010 and the ATP Cup in 2020 for Serbia, as well as the Hopman Cup (2008, 2013).

Novak Djokovic after Serbia's victory at the 2020 ATP Cup

What is his height?

Djokovic is 6’2” (1.88m) tall, according to his profile on ATP official website. He weighs 170 lbs (77kgs).

Who is Djokovic’s wife?

Jelena Ristic is Djokovic’s wife. They met in high school and started dating in 2005, when he was only 18. They got married in July 2014, in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro.

Novak Djokovic with his wife Jelena

How many children do they have?

Djokovic and Jelena Ristic have two children. Their son Stefan was born in Nice on October 21, 2014. Their daughter Tara came to the world on September 2, 2017.

Who is Djokovic’s coach?

Djokovic is currently coached by the duo of Slovakia’s Marian Vajda (ex-ATP No.34), who has been in his staff for a long time, and Croatia’s Goran Ivanisevic, a former Wimbledon champion in 2001 and former world No 2. Vajda has been coaching Djokovic since June 2006. Before Vadja, Djokovic had experiences with Dejan Petrovic and Riccardo Piatti. Periodically helped by Mark Woodforde and Todd Martin, Vajda formed a high-profile coaching duo with Boris Becker from 2014 to 2016. Djokovic split with Vajda in May 2017 and hired Andre Agassi as his main coach. The partnership lasted for just one year. Vajda came back alongside Djokovic in the spring of 2018 and then was joined by Ivanisevic in June 2019.

Goran Ivanisevic and Marian Vajda, Novak Djokovic's coaches

Who are Djokovic’s parents?

His father Srdjan is Serbian and his mother Dijana, born Zagar, is from Croatian ascent. They owned the society Family Sports, which ran three restaurants and a tennis academy. Srdjan was a professional skier, like Djokovic’s uncle and aunt, and a decent footballer. He tends to speak out to take his son’s defense or, sometimes, to criticise his opponents. Djokovic has two brothers, Marko and Djordje. They also played professional tennis, but neither won a match on the ATP Tour.

What are Djokovic’s biggest achievements?

Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam titles, third in the all-time list. The Serb has won eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledons, one Roland-Garros and three US Open titles. He has also won 81 career titles, including 36 Masters 1000 crowns. He has also finished the year ranked world No 1 on six occasions, a record he shares with Pete Sampras.

When did Djokovic begin to play tennis?

Djokovic first picked up a racket at four years old. Spotted during the summer of 1993 by Jelena Gencic, a former tennis and handball player who then became his coach for six years, he was sent in 1999 to the Pilic Acadamy in Oberschleißheim, nearby Munchen, Germany. In 2001, Djokovic was crowned European champion in singles and doubles. He also placed as runner-up at the World Championship with Yugoslavia. His idol was Pete Sampras when he was growing up.

How is Novak Djokovic’s name pronounced?

The English translation for his family name is somewhat true to its phonetic pronunciation: “Djo”, as in “Johnny”, “Ko” as in “Koala”, then “Vitch”, as the C at the end has an accent in Serbian. As for his first name, “No” is pronounced “Gno”, as in “Gnome”, and “Vak” is said as in “Vacuum”.

Gno-vak Djo-ko-vitch

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