Net Worth: € 150 million
Age: 32
Born: May 22, 1987
Country of origin: Serbia
Source of wealth: Professional tennis
Last updated: 2020

Short introduction

Novak Djokovic is a successful, active Serbian tennis professional. He is 32 years old and right-handed. He has a very good first and second serve as well as an unusually strong forehand. Other strengths of the Serb are his athleticism, his returns and his outstanding baseline and footwork. Novak Djokovic is married and has a son and daughter.

Early life

Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987, in the Serbian capital Belgrade. There he grew up with his father Srdan, his mother Dijana and his younger brothers Đorđe and Marko. Father and mother ran a family business that included a tennis school, sporting goods store, and restaurants. Novak started playing tennis when he was four when he attended a tennis camp in Novi Sad. When he was six, he was discovered by the Serbian tennis player and trainer Jelena Gencic, who said about him: “This is the greatest talent that I have seen since Monica Seles.” Subsequently, Novak’s tennis games were made more difficult by the outbreak of the Yugoslav war. The family stayed in Belgrade during this time and often had to take refuge in cellars during air strikes. However, Novak often played tennis when the situation was largely safe. Novak experienced the bombings as frightening, but at the same time they promoted his determination.

Source: The National Herald

Career

In 1999, the twelve-year-old Novak began attending the tennis academy of the former Croatian tennis professional Nikola Pilic in Oberschleibischheim. Here he spent four years until he made his professional debut in 2003. In the years that followed, he made his breakthrough: With the juniors, he entered the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2004. In the same year he won the ATP Challenger tournament at the Lambertz Open in Aachen. The following year he reached the third round in Wimbledon and at the US Open. Novak climbed ever higher in the world rankings: from 78th place in 2005 to 16th place in 2006. The following year he finished in 3rd place. In this year (2007) he was the youngest player to win the Masters tournament in Miami and reached his first Grand Slam Final at the US Open, which he lost to Roger Federer.

Career highlights

In the period that followed, Novak’s career continued to rise and he achieved his greatest successes. In 2008, he won the first Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, followed by 15 more. He managed to win all four Grand Slam tournaments: seven times the Australian Open, one time the French Open, five times Wimbledon and three times the US Open. Only seven other tennis players managed to achieve this so-called career grand slam in men’s singles. In 2011, the first jump to the top position in the world rankings took place. He managed to complete 275 weeks and five years as number one: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. So far Novak Djokovic can look back on 77 titles won. Currently (as of 1/2020) the Serb is in second place in the world rankings.

Source: Tennis World USA

Famous quotes

“The winner is the one who believes more in victory.” “Losers complain. Train winners. ” “I want the same thing I wanted when I was seven: to be number one.” “Hard work, dedication and motivation make you what you are and will be.” “The only person you have to excel is who you were yesterday.” “Take nothing for granted. Don’t underestimate an opponent. ” “I am happy because I am successful. But what makes me happiest are the people I love and who love me. ” “It’s always easier to have family support.” “I think happiness not only falls on the brave but also on those who believe in themselves.”

Success tips

Novak Djokovic has often spoken about his success as a professional tennis player. He has stressed countless times that it is important to work hard and train with an iron will. According to Novak, it is harmful to rest on your laurels because you will not develop further. It is also very important that you firmly believe in your own ability and learn from mistakes. Devotion to what you do is another recipe for success of the Serbian tennis professional because you can only do something well if you like doing it. Despite all the focus on success, it has always been important to Novak Djokovic to perceive the world outside the tennis court. The Serbian native speaker is polyglot and speaks seven foreign languages with English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and Slovakian. He also has a basic knowledge of Arabic. Novak Djokovic believes that a balanced social environment with an intact family is essential.

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