Novak Djokovic Bio And Facts

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is one of the top professional male tennis players in the world. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Djokovic did not pursue any education post-graduation from high school and instead began his tennis career. At 13, Djokovic attended the Pilic Academy of Tennis in Germany.  He continued to play internationally the following year, earning him many titles from the beginning. Playing for 19 years already, he has a total of 911 wins. Djokovic holds 17 Grand Slam titles, which is the third most set in history for male tennis players.

  • Age: May 22, 1987 (22-05-1987)
  • Education: High School in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Net Worth: 220 million dollars
  • Occupation: professional tennis player
  • Height: 6’2” (1.88 m)
  • Weight: 172 pounds (78.01 kg)
  • Position: Men’s Singles Tennis
  • Years Active: 19
  • Career Wins: 911
  • Career Losses: 187 
  • Nicknames: Djoker, The Joker, Nole, The Serbinator.
  • Teams: Solo, Serbian Olympic Team

Tennis Career

Novak Djokovic’s tennis career began at a young age. At the age of 6, Djokovic was recognized by Jelena Gencic who worked with him to expand his skills. Then at 13 he officially began his tennis career at the Pilic Academy of Tennis in Germany. This training allowed him to begin playing internationally the following year. At just 14, he was a triple European champion in singles, doubles, and teams. In 2007, he moved onto the French Open and Wimbledon. He gained recognition by earning two masters titles at a young age and beating top tennis players. In 2008, he competed in the Olympics for team Serbia. In 2011, he won a total of 43 matches, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. These achievements made him the number one player in the world in 2011. Djokovic to this day is successful and continues to play in matches all over the world, still recognized as one of the top men’s tennis players in the world.

Titles and Awards

Currently, Novak Djokovic has won 911 tennis matches in his professional career. Djokovic has currently won a total of 17 Grand Slam titles. By winning the Australian Open in 2008, Djokovic became the first Serbian tennis player to win one of the major tennis tournaments. He is one of the three tennis players to hold all four Grand Slam titles in the same year in 2015 and 2016. Djokovic is the only male tennis player to win all nine of the ATP Tour Masters Tournaments.

  • 2008: Djokovic won bronze in the Beijing Summer Olympics
  • 2011,2012: Djokovic was awarded the Golden Bagel Award, an award given to the male tennis player who hands out the most bagels: sets won (6,0).
  • 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016: Djokovic was awarded the Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award.
  • 2020: Djokovic is number 23 on the Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes List.

Personal Life

Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia. He is of Serbian and Croatian descent. Born to Srdjan and Dijana Djokovic, Novak was set to be a tennis player from an early age. His parents owned three restaurants and a tennis academy. Djokovic was one of three kids. His two brothers, Marko and Djordje, have also played professional tennis. Djokovic pursued tennis professionally at a young age after attending the Pilic Academy of Tennis in Germany.

In 2007, Djokovic founded his own foundation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation. The foundation gives back to children in Serbia by providing education and other resources. Djokovic got married in 2014 to Jelena Ristic, who was his high school sweetheart since 2005. Since getting married they have had two kids, Stefan and Tara. They are still together to this day.

Fun Facts

  • Djokovic speaks five languages fluently: Serbian, English, French, German, and Italian
  • Djokovic is of Serbian and Croatian descent
  • Djokovic started playing tennis at 4 when he received his first tennis racket from his father
  • Djokovic was spotted playing tennis at 6 years old by Yugoslavic tennis player Jelena Glencic who helped propel his tennis career
  • Djokovic loves animals, he has a poodle named Pierre that he takes everywhere
  • He released a book, Serve To Win, telling the story of how he became one of the best male tennis players in the world
  • He is one of the only male tennis players to a Career Slam in history
  • Djokovic has his own foundation, The Novak Djokovic Foundation, for children in Serbia
  • Novak Djokovic is competing in the 2020 U.S. Open still after testing positive for COVID-19 in June and recovering


Who are Novak Djokovic’s strongest opponents?

Novak Djokovic's strong opponents are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Djokovic is currently the only male tennis player to have beaten Federer in all four major tournaments. Djokovic and Federer are considered the top two male tennis players in the world, which is why their rivalry is closely watched.

What does the Novak Djokovic Foundation do?

The Novak Djokovic Foundation, founded in 2007, is a global organization that focuses on providing early childhood education programs to children in Serbia. The foundation strives to provide quality preschool education for children and has built schools and supported many families in Serbia. Novak Djokovic was born and grew up in Serbia, which is what led him to focus on his own community by establishing this foundation. Teacher support and developmental programs for children are also a part of the foundation’s provisions.

What records has Novak Djokovic set?

Novak Djokovic sets the record as being the only male tennis player to win all ATP tour Elite tournaments. Djokovic has won a total of 34 titles in the ATP Master tournaments, which makes him one behind Roger Federer who holds the record. Djokovic is the only athlete to ever beat Roger Fedgerer and Rafael Nadal in all four of the Grand Slam tournaments. Djokovic also sets the record as the only player to ever win all four of the Grand Slam tournaments in one calendar year.

Does Novak Djokovic have kids?

Novak Djokovic has two kids with this wife, Jelena Djokovic. The family lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco. In 2014, Djokovic’s first son was born, Stefan Djokovic. Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title with his son in the stands.  Just recently, in 2017, Djokovic had a daughter named Tara Djokovic. Djokovic prioritizes his family life, which can be seen through his social media channels and his family cheering him on at all of his matches.