Novak Djokovic Height Weight Age Biography Family Wiki Net Worth, Wife, Award, Records Marriage & much more..Novak Djokovic (Serbian Cyrillic: Новак Ђоковић, romanized: Novak Đoković, pronounced (born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked world No. 7 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has been ranked world No. 1 for a record total 373 weeks,and has finished as the year-end No. 1 a record seven times. He has won 21 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record nine Australian Open titles. Overall, he has won 88 ATP singles titles, which include a record 64 Big Titles and a record 38 Masters titles. Djokovic is the first and only man in tennis history to be the reigning champion of the four majors at once across three different surfaces. He is the only man to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam in the Open Era and the first to achieve a double Career Grand Slam. He is also the only player to complete the Career Golden Masters on the ATP Tour, which he has done twice.
Djokovic began his professional career in 2003. At age 20, he disrupted Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s streak of 11 consecutive majors to win his first major title at the 2008 Australian Open. By 2010, Djokovic also separated himself from the rest of field to join Federer and Nadal in the Big Three, the group of three players who have dominated men’s tennis for more than a decade. In 2011, Djokovic ascended to No. 1 for the first time, winning three out of the four majors and a then-season record of five Masters events. He remained the best player in men’s tennis for the rest of the decade, leading the tour in winning the Grand Slam, Masters and Year-end Championship titles. In 2015, Djokovic reached fifteen consecutive finals winning three majors and a season-record of six Masters events as well as the ATP Finals. The following year, he won the 2016 French Open to become the only man in the Open Era to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam and his first Career Grand Slam. He became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at once and the only one in history to do so on three different surfaces. During the decade, Djokovic finished as No. 1 for six years and No. 2 for three other years, and in 2021 he set the records for both most weeks spent as world No. 1 and most year-end No. 1 finishes.
Representing Serbia, Djokovic led the Serbian national team to their first Davis Cup title in 2010 and to the inaugural ATP Cup title in 2020. Moreover, he won the bronze medal for Serbia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Djokovic has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award four times (2012, 2015, 2016, 2019), the BBC Sports Personality World Sport Star of the Year award in 2011 and the L’Équipe Champion of Champions award in 2021. He is also a recipient of the Order of St. Sava, the Order of Karađorđe’s Star, and the Order of the Republika Srpska.
Beyond competition, Djokovic is an active philanthropist and a former ATP player council president. In August 2020, Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil announced the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association as the first player-only association in tennis, citing the need for players to have more influence on the tour and advocating better prize money structure for lower ranked players.
Early and personal life
Novak Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to Srđan and Dijana Đoković (born Žagar). He is of paternal Serbian and maternal Croatian descent. His two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje, have also played professional tennis.
Djokovic began playing tennis at the age of four, after his parents gave him a mini-racket and a soft foam ball, which his father claimed became “the most beloved toy in his life”. His parents then sent him to a tennis camp in Novi Sad. In the summer of 1993, as a six-year-old, he was sent to a tennis camp organized by the Teniski Klub Partizan and overseen by Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Genčić at Mount Kopaonik, where Djokovic’s parents ran a fast-food parlour and a sports equipment business.Upon seeing the child Djokovic playing tennis, she stated: “This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles.”
Genčić worked with young Djokovic over the following six years before realizing that, owing to his rapid development, going abroad in search of increased level of competition was the best option for his future. To that end, she contacted Nikola Pilić and in September 1999 the 12-year-old moved to the Pilić tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany, spending four years there. At the age of 14, he began his international career, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition.
Djokovic is a self-described fan of languages, speaking Serbian, English, French, German, and Italian.
He met his future wife, Jelena Ristić, in high school, and began dating her in 2005. The two became engaged in September 2013, and on 10 July 2014 the couple were married on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, while a church wedding was held in the same place, on 12 July 2014, in the Church of Saint Stephen (Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Светог Архиђакона Стефана) which belongs to Praskvica Monastery. In April 2014, Djokovic announced that he and Ristić were expecting their first child. Their son was born in October 2014. Their daughter was born in 2017.
Playing style and equipment
Djokovic is an aggressive baseline player. His groundstrokes from both wings are consistent, deep, and penetrating. His backhand is widely regarded as one of the best in today’s game, due to its effectiveness on both sides of the court. His best shot is his backhand down the line, with great pace and precision. He excels at returning serve in particular, and regularly ranks among the tour leaders in return points, return games, and break points won. After great technical difficulties during the 2009 season (coinciding with his switch to the Head racket series), his serve is one of his major weapons again, winning him many free points; his first serve is typically hit flat, while he prefers to slice and kick his second serves wide. He has also led the ATP Tour in their career “Under Pressure Rating” statistic, in part because of his prowess at winning deciding sets.
Djokovic serving at the Eastbourne International. Djokovic plays with a Head racquet and wears Lacoste apparel and Asics shoes.
Djokovic has been described as one of the fittest and most complete athletes in sports history, with high agility, court coverage and mobility, which allows him to hit winners from seemingly indefensible positions. Because of this, coupled with flexibility and length, he rarely gets aced. Todd Martin, who coached Djokovic between 2009 and 2010, noted that:
His athleticism is from another world. His return of serve is way better than any other return of serve ever and I mean way better. Nobody has gotten so many balls back and neutralized so many good serves.
Djokovic’s return of serve is a powerful weapon for him, with which he can be both offensive and defensive. He is highly efficient off both the forehand and backhand return, often getting the return in play deep with pace, neutralizing the advantage the server usually has in a point. Occasionally, Djokovic employs a well-disguised backhand underspin drop shot and sliced backhand. His smash is considered to be one of his biggest weaknesses, being prone to making mistakes on the shot in big moments such as the 2008 Olympics.
Djokovic commented on the modern style of play, including his own, in an interview with Jim Courier after his semi-final win against Andy Murray in the 2012 Australian Open tournament:
I had a big privilege and honour to meet personally today Mr. Laver, and he is one of the biggest, and greatest players ever to play the game, thank you for staying this late, sir, thank you … even though it would actually be better if we played a couple times serve and volley, but we don’t know to play … we are mostly around here , we are running, you know, around the baseline …
Entering the pro circuit, Djokovic used the Head Liquidmetal Radical, but changed sponsors to Wilson in 2005. He couldn’t find a Wilson racquet he liked, so Wilson agreed to make him a custom racquet to match his previous one with Head.After the 2008 season, Djokovic re-signed with Head, and debuted a new paint job of the Head YouTek Speed Pro at the 2009 Australian Open. He then switched to the Head YouTek IG Speed (18×20) paint job in 2011, and in 2013, he again updated his paint job to the Head Graphene Speed Pro, which included an extensive promotional campaign. Djokovic uses a hybrid of Head Natural Gut (gauge 16) in the mains and Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough (gauge 16L) in the crosses. He also uses Head Synthetic Leather Grip as a replacement grip.In 2012, Djokovic appeared in a television commercial with Maria Sharapova promoting the use of Head rackets for many techniques such as golf and ten-pin bowling.
In assessing Djokovic’s 2011 season, Jimmy Connors said that Djokovic gives his opponents problems by playing “a little bit old-school, taking the ball earlier, catching the ball on the rise, (and) driving the ball flat.” Connors adds that a lot of the topspin that Djokovic’s opponents drive at him comes right into his zone, thus his ability to turn defense into offense well.
Novak Djokovic Height Weight Age Body Statistics Wife Family Award Records & More
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
|Australian Open||1R||1R||4R||W||QF||QF||W||W||W||QF||W||W||2R||4R||W||W||W||A||9 / 17||82–8||91%|
|French Open||2R||QF||SF||SF||3R||QF||SF||F||SF||F||F||W||QF||QF||SF||F||W||QF||2 / 18||85–16||84%|
|Wimbledon||3R||4R||SF||2R||QF||SF||W||SF||F||W||W||3R||QF||W||W||NH||W||W||7 / 17||86–10||90%|
|US Open||3R||3R||F||SF||SF||F||W||F||F||SF||W||F||A||W||4R||4R||F||3 / 16||81–13||86%|
|Win–loss||5–4||9–4||19–4||18–3||15–4||19–4||25–1||24–3||24–3||22–3||27–1||21–2||9–3||21–2||22–2||16–2||27–1||11–1||21 / 68||334–47||87.7%|
Grand Slam tournament finals: 32 (21 titles, 11 runner-ups)
Year–End Championships performance timeline
|ATP Finals||Did Not Qualify||RR||W||RR||SF||RR||W||W||W||W||F||DNQ||F||RR||SF||SF||5 / 14||41–17||71%|
|Event||Since||Record accomplished||Players matched|
|1973||Most weeks at world No. 1||Stands alone|
|1973||Most points accumulated as world No. 1 (16,950)||Stands alone|
|1973||Seven-time Year-End world No. 1||Stands alone|
|1973||Seven-time ITF World Champion||Stands alone|
|1877||Holder of all four Major titles on all three different surfaces at once||Stands alone|
|1877||Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam||Don Budge|
|1877||Double Career Grand Slam||Roy Emerson|
|1877||Double Career Grand Slam on all three different surfaces||Rafael Nadal|
|1877||32 men’s singles Grand Slam finals||Stands alone|
|1877||4 streaks of 3+ consecutive Grand Slam titles||Stands alone|
|1877||6+ finals at each Grand Slam||Stands alone|
|1877||3+ consecutive finals at each Grand Slam||Stands alone|
|1877||81+ match wins at each Grand Slam||Stands alone|
|1877||27 Grand Slam match winning streak in a single season||Stands alone|
|1977||30 consecutive Grand Slam match wins on all three different surfaces||Stands alone|
|1977||7+ Grand Slam titles at one tournament on two different surfaces||Stands alone|
|1977||12 hard court Grand Slam titles||Stands alone|
|1977||18 hard court Grand Slam finals||Stands alone|
|1905||9 Australian Open men’s singles titles||Stands alone|
|1877||2 Major titles after saving one or more match points||Rod Laver|
|1949||Major title won after coming back from 2 sets down in multiple matches||Stands alone|
|ATP Masters||1970||Career Golden Masters||Stands alone|
|1970||Double Career Golden Masters||Stands alone|
|1970||38 singles Masters titles||Stands alone|
|1970||6 Masters titles won in a single season (2015)||Stands alone|
|1970||8 Masters finals in a single season (2015)||Stands alone|
|1970||31 consecutive Masters match wins||Stands alone|
|ATP Tour||1970||Holder of all four Grand Slams and Year-End Championship at once||Stands alone|
|1970||Grand Slams, Masters and Year-end championship title sweep (twice)||Stands alone|
|1970||64 Big Titles won||Stands alone|
|1970||94 Big finals appearances||Stands alone|
|1970||10 Big Titles in a season (2015)||Stands alone|
|1970||18 Big finals in a row||Stands alone|
|1970||15 straight finals reached in a season (2015)||Stands alone|
|1973||232 wins over top 10 players||Stands alone|
|1973||109 wins over top 5 players||Stands alone|
- ITF World Champion (7): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2021.
- ATP Player of the Year (7): 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021