Novak Djokovic, one of the best tennis players in the world. Although he liked skiing and football, tennis was his ultimate love. Whether, it’s rain, snow or holidays– nothing was able to keep him from hitting balls with his tennis coach, Jelena. Let us find out some interesting facts about Novak Djokovic:
1- He gripped a Tennis Racket for the first time when he was just four years old. The racket was brought by his father.
2- In 1993, he was spotted by Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Gencic. She complimented the 6-year-old Djokovic as the greatest talent she ever saw since Monika Seles. She trained him for the next
6 years. When he was 13, he went to the Pilic Academy in Munich, Germany, to pursue higher levels of competition and when he was 14, he began his international career.
3- In 2001, at the age of 14, Djokovic ended up as a triple European champion in singles, doubles and team competition. He also won the silver medal at the World Junior Championship for Yugoslavia.
4- After winning the French Open in 2016, he became the only men’s singles Tennis player after Lord Laver to win a “career slam” in history.
5- Djokovic is one of the four players to defeat Roger Federer three times in one year, and one of only two players to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam in consecutive matches. He is the only player who has defeated both Federer and Nadal in the same tournament on 3 different occasions.
6- He met his would-be wife, Jelena Ristic, during his high school. On 10 July 2014, the couple got married, and now have a baby boy named Stefan.
7- Djokovic can fluently speak multiple languages such as Serbian, Italian, German and English.
8- In 2007, he launched the “Novak Djokovic Foundation” to help disadvantaged children, provide financial support to several young children in Serbia, support to kids who lost their parents in war and financing the Serbian monasteries and churches.
9- He can impersonate sports stars such as Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi and many others.
10- He is gluten intolerant.
11- He has appeared in a music video for the song- Hello by Martin Solveig.
12- Sounds weird, but Djokovic doesn’t care! Whenever he’s at Wimbledon, he always eats grass, as he says it tastes like sweat. He also use to talk to himself while he plays.
13- Djokovic is a dog lover. He takes his pet, poodle Pierre, everywhere he goes.
14- The Serbian Blues-rock band Zona B recorded the song “The Joker”, dedicated to Djokovic. He was also voted the 19th most influential man on Askmen.com’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011. Djokovic also became part of Hollywood movie The Expendables 2 in a cameo. However, his part was cut from the final version of the movie.
15- “Serve To Win,” is the title of his book in which he recounts his journey of becoming one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The book also provides a 14-day gluten-free diet plan for better fitness.
16- Djokovic is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport. Tennis pundits have also classified his matches as some of the greatest contests ever, with the final of 2012 Australian open as the greatest match ever seen. This is a testament to his greatness as a tennis player.
17- “Belief is the most common word to me, even more than hope. For one to achieve his dreams, he needs to truly believe in them.”