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Top Facts about Novak Djokovic, the Tennis GOAT

Mon 26 July 2021 | 13:30

In this article we are going to have a look at top facts about Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade. His parents are Srđan and Dijana Đoković. Novak is of paternal Serbian and maternal Croatian background. His two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje, have also been professional tennis players.

When he was a young child, Novak Djokovic was given a mini-racket and a soft foam ball. His father claimed that it became "the most beloved toy in his life."

Djokovic started playing tennis when he was 4 years old. His parents sent him to a tennis camp in Novi Sad, as his parents had never played tennis in the past.

In the summer of 1993, before Novak Djokovic attended primary school, he was sent to a tennis camp controlled by the Teniski Klub Partizan and supervised by Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Genčić, at Mount Kopaonik, where Djokovic's parents ran a fast-food parlour and a sports equipment business. 

After seeing the child Djokovic playing tennis, she stated: "This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles."

Now we can have a look at the top facts about Novak Djokovic.

Top facts about Novak Djokovic, the Tennis GOAT

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is now placed as world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Novak Djokovic professional career

Novak Djokovic has been No. 1 for a record total of 330 weeks, and has ended as ATP year-end No. 1 on a joint-record six times with Pete Sampras. 

Novak Djokovic has won an all-time joint record 20 Grand Slam men's singles trophies shared with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In general, he has won 85 ATP singles titles, including a record nine Australian Open championships and a joint record 36 Masters events shared with Rafael Nadal.

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that he is the only tennis player to win all of the "Big Titles" on the modern ATP Tour – which involves of the four Grand Slam competitions, all nine ATP Masters events, and the ATP Finals. In general, he is the only tennis player in the Open Era to achieve a double career Grand Slam, as well as the only tennis player to complete the career Golden Masters twice.

Novak Djokovic began his professional career in 2003. At the age of 20, he interrupted Roger Federer's and Rafael Nadal's streak of 11 successive majors to win his first Grand Slam trophy at the 2008 Australian Open. By 2010, Djokovic also separated himself from the rest of men's tennis players to join Federer and Nadal in the Big Three, the group of three tennis players who have dominated men's tennis for more than ten years. 

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that in 2011, he was ranked No. 1 for the first time in his professional career, winning three out of four major tournaments and a then-season record of five Masters events.

Novak Djokovic remained the best tennis player in men's tennis for the rest of the decade, leading the tour in major and Masters's championships, and winning four out of his five cups at the ATP Finals repeatedly from 2012 through 2015. After four successive year-end finishes at No. 3 through 2010, Djokovic finished No. 1 for six years and No. 2 for three years in the next decade.

Novak Djokovic spent another professional career year in 2015, reaching fifteen successive finals, with all four major finals and eight Masters finals, winning three majors and a season-record of six Masters events as well as the ATP Finals.

The next year, Novak Djokovic lifted the 2016 French Open to complete the non-calendar year Grand Slam and the career Grand Slam. He also became the first tennis player 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.

When Novak Djokovic won the 2021 French Open, he became the first tennis player in the Open Era to achieve the career Grand Slam twice. His triumph at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships the next month made Novak Djokovic the first tennis player since Laver in 1969 to win the first three Grand Slams of the year.

As Novak Djokovic represents Serbia, he led the Serbian national team to their first Davis Cup trophy in 2010 and to the inaugural ATP Cup championship in 2020.

One of the

top facts about Novak Djokovic

is that he won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has also obtained the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award four times and is also a recipient of the Order of St. Sava, the Order of Karađorđe's Star, and the Order of the Republika Srpska.

Off the court, one of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is a former ATP player council president and is also an active philanthropist. In August 2020, Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil publicized the establishment of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) as the first player-only association in tennis, citing the need for tennis players to have more impact on the tour and supporting for better award money structure for lower ranked players.

Novak Djokovic legacy

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that he is believed to be one of the best tennis players of all time. After his great accomplishment in the 2011 season, he began to feature on all-time greatest lists and, in late 2011, Rod Laver listed Novak Djokovic number six in his top ten male tennis players of the Open Era.

According to Tim Henman's June 2012 statement, Novak Djokovic is "probably a top eight player in tennis history". Andre Agassi said in September 2012 that Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic "may very well be the greatest three players to ever play tennis". In March 2012, current competitor Andy Murray labelled Djokovic as 'one of the greatest players ever'. 

After the 2013 US Open, in his September 2013 men's best tennis players of all-time list, International Business Times' writer Jason Le Miere put the then six-time Grand Slam-winning Serb player in seventh place, after Federer, Nadal, Sampras, Laver, Borg, and Agassi. In January 2014, Howard Bryant, ESPN writer, named him 'arguably the best pure tennis player in the world'.

Tennis commentators have categorized many of Novak Djokovic's games as some of the best contests ever, with the 2012 Australian Open final being considered one of the best matches ever seen. 

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that some long time analysts claim that the Djokovic–Nadal rivalry ranks as the best rivalry in tennis history mainly due to the quality of matches they play.

Novak Djokovic charitable activities

One of the

top facts about Novak Djokovic

is that he established the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007. The organization's mission is to aid children from underprivileged communities to grow up and grow in stimulating and safe surroundings. 

The foundation started a partnership with the World Bank in August 2015 to encourage early childhood education in Serbia. The Novak Djokovic Foundation has built 43 schools and supported nearly 20,800 children and a thousand families.

Novak Djokovic has participated in charity matches with the purpose of raising funds for the rebuilding of the Avala Tower, as well as to support victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2010–11 Queensland floods. 

Starting in 2007, he has established a convention of hosting and socializing with hundreds of Kosovo Serb children during Davis Cup games organized in Serbia. 

It is worth mentioning that Novak Djokovic was chosen as the 2012 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year, for his aids through the foundation, his role as a UNICEF national ambassador and other charitable missions. In August 2015, Novak Djokovic was selected as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Throughout the 2014 Balkans floods, Novak Djokovic sparked global financial and media support for victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. 

After he won the 2014 Rome Masters, Novak Djokovic donated his prize money to the flood victims in Serbia, while his foundation collected another $600,000. After his 2016 Australian Open success, Novak Djokovic donated $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission's early childhood education programme to aid underprivileged children. 

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is about his activities during the Corona virus pandemic. After the COVID-19 pandemic spread to Serbia in March 2020, Novak Djokovic and his wife said that they will donate €1 million for the purchase of ventilators and medical equipment to aid hospitals and other medical institutions. Novak Djokovic also made a contribution to Bergamo, one of the worst-affected provinces, along with to Novi Pazar and Kosovska Mitrovica.

Novak Djokovic sponsorships

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that he endorses Serbian telecommunications company Telekom Srbija and German food supplement brand FitLine.

Since Novak Djokovic became a professional player in 2003, Novak Djokovic has been wearing Adidas clothing brand. At the end of 2009, Novak Djokovic signed a 10-year contract with the Italian clothing company Sergio Tacchini after Adidas rejected to extend his clothing deal (they chose to sign Andy Murray instead). Tacchini does not make shoes so Novak Djokovic continued with Adidas as his select of footwear.

His sponsorship contract with Tacchini was very heavy, and because of Djokovic's unbalanced achievement and dominance in 2011, the firm fell behind on bonus payments, leading to the end of the sponsorship contract.

Since 2011, Djokovic began to dress custom Red and Blue Adidas Barricade 6.0's shoes, which refers to the colours of the Serbian national flag. By April 2012, the Tacchini contract had fallen initially short and then apart. At that point, Novak Djokovic was set to join Nike, but instead, on 23 May 2012, Uniqlo appointed Djokovic as its universal brand ambassador.

Regarding his Views on diet, One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that since 2010, he has been linked with the nutritionist Igor Četojević who also focuses on Chinese medicine and does acupuncture. Igor Četojević supposedly learned that Novak Djokovic suffers from gluten intolerance, using applied kinesiology, and that he cannot eat gluten, removing it from his diet. He finally settled on a vegan diet, while later sometimes eating fish.

After the elbow surgery in 2018, Novak Djokovic stated that he tried to avoid the operation and that ”he cried for three days” after it, feeling remorseful.

In the ATP Tour's shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a Facebook live stream with other Serbian sportspersons, Novak Djokovic said that he opposes vaccination, and that he would not want to be forced to take a vaccine in order to be able to return to the Тour. 

Novak Djokovic later explained his remarks by declaring that he is not exactly against all kinds of vaccines, but that he is against forced vaccinations that use certain specific vaccines that he may not want, and that he prefers vaccines that have hardly any side effects. Novak Djokovic also acknowledged that he was not an expert on vaccines, and that people who are now in the field of medicine know more about vaccines.

Novak Djokovic Faith and religious beliefs

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that he is a member of the Serbian Orthodox Church. On 28 April 2011, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia gave Novak Djokovic the Order of St. Sava I class, the top decoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church, for his contributions to monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija and charitable effort in Serbia. Novak Djokovic has said that he respected and held in high regard Bishop Amfilohije, who played an important role in aiding him through a tough time during the Yugoslav Wars.

Novak Djokovic has been reported to meditate for up to an hour a day at the Buddhist Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon as he appreciates the natural location and tranquillity, and is close to monks in the complex. Novak Djokovic has talked of the positive control of meditation.

Novak Djokovic support of other sports

One of the top facts about Novak Djokovic is that he is a fan of Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade, Italian club A.C Milan, and Portuguese team Benfica. Novak has also shown public support for Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and when faced with disapproval from some within his native country of Serbia.

Novak Djokovic responded that "sports have their 'universal language,' they erase boundaries between people, overcome differences in religion, race and nationality." Novak Djokovic has expressed approval for Croatian football star Luka Modrić, who plays for Real Madrid football club. Moreover, Novak Djokovic is a good friend of fellow Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic, whom he has known since the two were children growing up in Serbia.

Novak Djokovic is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a community of well-known elite sportspersons committed to serving peace in the world through sport. It was formed by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.

Novak Djokovic personal life

One of the

top facts about Novak Djokovic

is that he met his future wife, Jelena Ristić, in high school, and started dating her in 2005. Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristić became engaged in September 2013, and on 10 July 2014 the duo got married on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, while a church wedding was also held in the same place, on 12 July 2014, in the Church of Saint Stephen which belongs to Praskvica Monastery. 

On 24 April 2014, Novak Djokovic publicised that he and Jelena Ristić were expecting their first child. Their son, Stefan, was born on 21 October 2014 in Nice, France. Also, their daughter, whose name is Tara, was born on 2 September 2017.

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