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”He wanted to be best in the world, everyone laughed at him”, reminisces Novak Djokovic’s childhood coach

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Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is an exceptionally talented player with numerous record-making and breaking performances. His presence in the big game adds colours and unending excitement. Having won several Grand Slam titles, he is considered one of the greatest professional tennis players ever. We look into the life of this tennis star, his successes and achievements in and outside the court. in our Novak Djokovic biography facts, childhood and personal life.

Novak Djokovic Biography Facts, Age, Zodiac

Full Name: Novak Djokovic
Nicknames: Djoker, Nole, The Serbinator, The Joker
Born: May 22, 1987
Age: 34 years old
Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Serbian
Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Shoe Size: 10.5
Weight: 172 Ibs (78kg)
Education: Pilic tennis Academy
Parents: Srdan Djokovic (father), Dijana Djokovic (Mother)
Siblings: Marko Djokovic (brother), Djordje Djokovic (brother)
Spouse: Jelena Djokovic (married 2014)
Children: Tara Djokovic (daughter), Stefan Djokovic (son)
Net Worth: $180 million
Occupation: Tennis Player
Playing Career: 2003–present

Novak Djokovic Childhood and Early Life

Novak Djokovic as a child
Novak Djokovic Childhood Photo

Born in Yugoslavia, Djokovic was introduced to the game of tennis at the tender age of 6. His tennis prowess stuck an unforgettable positive impression on Jelena Gencic, a Yugoslav tennis player. She then began training young Djokovic in the game. Six years later, Djokovic moved to Germany to search for more competitive tennis players to improve his skills. His training with Gencic paid off, as at the age of 14, Djokovic began winning European tennis championships in singles and doubles events.

Novak Djokovic playing tennis as a child
Novak Djokovic started playing tennis at a very young age of four (4)

Novac Djokovic Tennis Career

Djokovic competed in major junior tennis championships before turning pro in 2003—among such includes representing the Yugoslavia National Team at the Davies Cup, the Australian Open and many more. Two years after turning pro, Djokovic made it to his debut Grand Slam tournament and the Australian Open. He also competed in the Wimbledon and the US Open.

After reaching the the quarterfinal at the French Open in 2006, Djokovic ranking was among the top 40 in the world, a considerable leap for a young player. He then went on to clinch his first ATP titles, the Dutch Open and the Moselle Open, which moved him up to the top 20 in the world ranking.

After losing in the final of the Indian well to Rafael Nadal, Djokovic went on to claim the Key Biscayne title in 2007. His win saw his ranking improve to the top 10. At the French Open, Djokovic was defeated by Nadal in the semifinal but withdrew as a result of elbow issues in his semifinal match against Nadal at the Wimbledon. He, however, went on to defeat both rivals Nadal and Federer in the semifinal and final of the Rogers Cup. He progressed to the final of the US Open but lost to Roger Federer. At the end of the year, Djokovic was awarded the Golden badge for the best athlete in Serbia and was named the best athlete in the Serbia by the Olympic Committee of Serbia.

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After losing in the final of the 2008 Hopman Cup, Djokovic went on to the Australian Open to clinch his first single Grand Slam title. He went on to win the Pacific Life Masters after losing out in the Dubai Tennis Championship. He also won the Internazionali d’Italia. In the French Open, he lost to Nadal in the semifinals. At the Wimbledon, he was eliminated in the second round. Djokovic also failed to defend his Rogers Cup title. In the Olympics, after failing to defeat Nadal in the semifinals, Djokovic had to settle for bronze. He lost to Federer in the US Open before winning his first Tennis Masters Cup title.

Djokovic began his 2009 season with the Brisbane Invitational where he was ousted in the first round. At the Australian Open, he retired in the quarterfinal. He went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championship singles but failed to defend his BNP Paribas Open as well as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Djokovic, however, won the Serbia Open. In the French Open, Djokovic was defeated in the third round. Djokovic seemed to be unstoppable at the Wimbledon before losing in the quarter-final. He suffered a similar fate at the semifinal of the US Open. Djokovic went on to win the China Open, the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 and the BNP Paribas Masters. He finished the year in the no. 3 spot in the ATP world rankings.

Djokovic 2010 campaign began with an Exhibition match. He then went on to the Australian Open before losing in the quarterfinal. He went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championships. Djokovic lost in the Indian Well and Miami Masters before announcing a change of coach. He then went on to suffer defeats from the hands of Verdasco at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. He withdrew to form the quarterfinals of the Serbia Open. In the French Open, he lost in the quarterfinal. The Wimbledon was no different as he was ousted in the semifinal. Same as the Rogers Cup. At the US Open, Djokovic progressed to the final before losing to Nadal. He defended his China Open title but lost out in the Shanghai Masters. He then helped Serbia Clinch the Davies Cup to round up the year in the no. 3 spot for the fourth consecutive year. DLS Sport named him “Serbian Athlete of the Year” while the Olympic Committee of Serbia named him the “Serbian Sportsman of the Year”.

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2011 was a remarkable year for Djokovic as he won the Australian Open, US Open and the Wimbledon. He also won five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles which earned him the highest ATP tour Prize money in a single season.

He finished the year in the no. 1 spot. In 2012, he won the Australian Open again, he also defended his Miami Masters. He failed to defend his French Open title as well as defend his Wimbledon title. At the Olympics, he came fourth. In the final of the US Open, he was defeated by Andy Murray. He proceeded to win the Shanghai Masters as well as the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals.

In 2013, Djokovic defeated Murray in the final of the Australian Open, marking his fourth Australian Open title. He then went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championship. He however failed to defend his Miami Masters title. Djokovic defeated Nadal to win the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He lost to Murray in the final of the Wimbledon but went on to win his second Shanghai-Rolex Masters as well as the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals.

In 2014, Djokovic failed to defend his Australian Open title. He lost to Federer at the Dubai Tennis Championship but got his revenge to claim his third Indian Wells Masters. He also won his third Italian Open title. He progressed to the final of the French Open but lost to Nadal. At the Wimbledon, he defeated Federer to win the Grand Slam event. He lost in the semifinal of the US Open and failed to defend his Shanghai Masters title. He then went on to win the Paris Bercy masters title as well as the ATP World Tour Finals.

In 2015, after losing in the quarterfinal of the Qatar Open, Djokovic went on to win the Australian Open. He won the Miami Masters as well as the Monte-Carlo Masters and the Rome Masters. He, however, lost in the final of the French Open but defeated Federer to claim the US Open, his tenth Grand Slam Singles title. He then went on to win the Paris Masters and the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.

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2016, also brought more titles for Djokovic. He won the Qatar Open as well as the Australian Open. He also went on to claim the Indian Wells Masters title. He then went on to win the Miami Open as well as his first French Open title. His French Open title made him the reigning champion of the four major Grand Slam events. He lost in the first round of the Olympics after winning the Rogers Cup. He was also defeated in the US Open final. Djokovic failed to win in the Shanghai Open and Paris Open while emerging runner-up in the World Tour Finals.

Djokovic began 2017 by defending his Qatar Open title but was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open. He went on to lose out in other tournaments before splitting with his coach and team. At the French Open, he lost out in the quarterfinal. In the Wimbledon, he suffered the same feat. He pulled out of the US Open as well as the rest of the season as a result of an elbow injury.

In 2018, Djokovic lost out in the third round of the Australian Open. He went on to win the Wimbledon as well as the Cincinnati Masters. He went on to win the US Open, which restored him to the top 3 in the world rankings. He finished the year at the no. 1 spot after failing to win the Paris Masters and ATP tournament.

Novak Djokovic Personal Life

  • Djokovic is of both Serbian and Croatian descent. He has two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje who also play tennis.
  • Novak Djokovic got married to his high school sweetheart, Jelena Ristic Djokovic in 2014. They both have two children, Stefan, their son and Tara, their daughter.
Novak Djokovic pictured with his wife, Jelena Djokovic
Novak Djokovic and wife, Jelena Djokovic
  • Djokovic is a Serbian Orthodox. He also mediates at the Buddhist Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon.
  • Djokovic speaks Serbian, French, English German and Italian.
  • Djokovic founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007. His foundation is aimed at helping underprivileged children in Siberia live a productive life by providing education as well as other resources needed for their general upkeep.
  • Djokovic is an avid supporter of the Red Star Belgarde, AC Milan and S.L Benfica

Novak Djokovic Awards and Achievements

Djokovic has 14 Grand Slam titles to his name.

Grand Slam Singles

  • Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • French Open (2016)
  • Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018)
  • US Open (2011, 2015, 2018)

Other Tournaments and Awards

  • Tour Finals (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Davis Cup (2010)
  • ITF World Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • ATP Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 )

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How Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Costumes Were Custom-Designed for Comfort

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Costume designer Jany Temime says working on Marvel’s “Black Widow” was a dream job. She doesn’t know the exact number of costumes she created, but it was “a lot.”

The costume designer who counts “Judy,” “Skyfall” and six of the Harry Potter films including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II” among her credits, turned to the Russian and Norwegian armies and the circus for “Black Widow” for design inspirations as new characters such as Yelena (Florence Pugh) and the Red Guardian (David Harbour) are introduced.

Temime also inherited Scarlett Johansson in the title role, whose costume that had already been established. This time around, she made a few tweaks to allow for comfort, sculpting it to suit a woman’s body.

 

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Here, she breaks down designing those looks.

On Inheriting the Black Widow Outfit and the Marvel Comic Universe

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Scarlett Johansson’s suit got a little more stretch for extra comfort.Jay Maidment

 

 

With the Black Widow costume, I changed a few things and adapted it to Scarlett and her body. When you get the design, you have a computer reality and you have the reality of a woman’s body, and you have to put those two things together.

To make it comfortable, we had the base of the costume made from rubbery fabric. I also added in a design graphic to stop it from looking flat, and that was printed out.

Between the seams, we allowed two to three millimeters of elastic fabric to give some room and stretch because I didn’t want her to feel like she was in something tight. I was so happy to hear Scarlett say that it was the most comfortable outfit.

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The way we cut it too was glamorous, we cut the waist a little higher because you have to model the suit to the body to flatter it.

I also designed the young widow outfits which they gave me carte blanche with, and again, they were enthusiastic about it. It was such a collaboration and so dreamy. I also understood what [director] Cate Shortland wanted and her vision, especially for that opening sequence.

Introducing Yelena and the White Suits

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Since Yelena came from Russia, I looked at it from a different point of view. I looked at photos of the Russian and Norwegian army and I came across some of the soldiers in the snow wearing white, and that’s where the white uniform idea came from – also they pick up their “father” in the show so I thought that would look gorgeous.

I wanted her outfit to be more functional and more army-like. I used double fabric with cotton and nylon stitched together gave it volume which had this sportswear look to it. Her look was less of a superhero than just a normal one.

We also had to introduce the green vest. She says in the film she bought this vest with all those pockets, and the idea was that she had come out of that brainwashed spy world, and buys that. So, I made something easy to wear, sturdy, practical and based on post-‘50s sportswear fashion.

When you look at the women in their different suits, I hope you can feel and see the difference between Russia and the USA.

Scarlett’s white suit was made from similar fabrics used on scuba diving suits – that’s what gave it a rubbery look.

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And again, I printed other aspects of the costume to make it interesting and to create that lift so it didn’t look flat and boring, and just to cut that monotony of plain rubber-coated fabric.

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Scarlet Johansson’s “Black Widow” suit was printed to give it more dimensionality.Courtesy of Marvel Studios

The Red Guardian

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David Harbour’s helmet was inspired by the look of a human cannonball at a circus.Courtesy of Youtube

I wanted to design something that reflected what the Soviet Union thought America was. So, there was this superhero design with this primary color of red, that helmet that looks terrible with that piece under the chin, and it was so old fashioned, almost like an old-fashioned comic.

That helmet was inspired by those guys who are shot out of cannons at the circus.

David was amazing. I created it for him and on him. He is the sort of actor who could feel the part from the inside out. He didn’t mind being slightly ridiculous as long as you get the effect, especially in that sequence where he is trying on the costume for the first time and it’s so tight.

 

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Tiger Woods arrives at Adare Manor in JP McManus’ helicopter ahead of Pro-Am

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Competing against Woods on 4 and 5 July will be a stacked field of golfers that includes 10 of the top 11 players in the world

Tiger Woods arrived at Adare Manor on Sunday ahead of the JP McManus Pro-Am.

Tiger Woods

Woods came on JP McManus’ private helicopter to the Irishman’s estate, where he will play in the two-day tournament alongside three members of the Smurfit family.

A video shared by the DP World Tour on Twitter showed the 15-time major winner arriving on McManus’ helicopter, which is usually seen at horse racing meetings up in both Ireland and the UK.

McManus has attracted ten of the top 11 players in the world to his Limerick estate for the tournament, which takes place on July 4 and 5.

And world number one golfer Scottie Scheffler will tee off alongside Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary on Monday,

Niall Horan, Bill Murray and Jamie Dornan are among a host of celebrity names set to take part in the tournaments.

Competing against Woods on 4 and 5 July will be a stacked field of golfers that includes 10 of the top 11 players in the world.

Adare Manor will also host the 2027 Ryder Cup

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Forget Serena Williams’ zebra outfit, ‘human highlighter’ Rafael Nadal is raising eyebrows

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Serena Williams arrived at Roland Garros with a zebra-striped outfit, but Rafael Nadal’s “ugly” shirt also got a lot of people talking.

After wearing a black catsuit at the 2018 French Open that got the tongues wagging so much so that the French tennis bosses all but banned catsuits, Williams opted for something different this year.

Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet.
Serena Williams zebra outfit

Some people liked it.

 

Some didn’t like it.

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Rafael Nadal admits his mistake against Lorenzo Sonego, “there are codes that we must respect”

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Nadañ called Lorenzo Sonego to the net to complain

Rafael Nadal became the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

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However, during the game, Nadal called Lorenzo Sonego to the net.

The Spaniard tennis player pressured the Italian to agree to close the roof, and complain about Sonego’s extensive screaming.

In the middle of the third set, Nadal told Sonego to stop faking his scream while the Spaniard volleyed.

During the press conference, Rafa Nadal said he made a mistake.

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“I think I was wrong,” Rafa mentioned.

“I spoke to him in total calmness. I exposed the situation that was happening. If I needed to go back, I wouldn’t do it again,” Nadal continued.

“I told the referee before. The referee, who is one of the bests, was waiting until the change of service to tell him something.”

“Were are among colleagues, we see each other every week. There are codes inside a tennis court that must be respected. I believe I was wrong for calling him to the net and telling him the things.”

“I should’ve told him when we switched (serves) or wait until the referee told him,” Nada said.

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Rafa making history:

Rafa Nadal is the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

Despite the difference in the scoreboard, there was an argument on the court.

Nadal said Sonego extended his screaming on purpose to discomfort Nadal’s game.

Sonego shouted after hitting the ball.

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Rafa, at 36 years and 29 days old, has stopped time, especially since he seems to have found an antidote for his injured left foot.

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Nadal will rest to prepare for his clash against Botic van de Zandschulp scheduled for Monday.

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Dijana Djokovic reveals the most difficult match of Novak’s to watch

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The mother of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says watching her son at the Wimbledon singles final last year was the most difficult time she has had while watching her son play in his career. Djokovic came back from match points down to defeat Roger Federer in a classic five setter to win the Wimbledon title in July even as the whole stadium seemed to cheer for the Swiss legend.

They write terrible things about Novak Djokovic because he bothers them,  says mother Dijana

Dijana was speaking in an interview with the Serbian portal “Blic Sport” on the program, “Mothers of Champions” “I saw a lot of his matches, but Wimbledon was the most difficult last year. In a stadium where everyone was cheering on Roger Federer, we were just a handful of fans for Novak.

When Federer had two match points, I reached for my cross from the Don river. I am a believer, I wear the amulet all the time, it often saved me in difficult moments. I said to myself, ‘Nole, you can do it, you’ve done it twice, you can do it again.’

 

He did it. He was saved by God. Novak also believes in God, he feels chosen. He carries a cross that brings him peace and happiness. It is from the Greek monastery Hilandar. He says his prayers morning and evening,” The mother of the 17-time Grand Slam champion also recalled another painful defeat – at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he lost to World No.

Dijana Djokovic reveals the most difficult match of Novak's to watch

1 Juan Martin del Potro in the first round. “The defeat at the Olympics in Rio still breaks my heart. Novak is a happy child and has no problem crying. But the tears at that time were the biggest I have ever seen with him.

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He had all the prerequisites to win gold. The wish was not granted to him. He had this elbow problem and couldn’t stand the pressure. He felt that he had disappointed the people in Serbia. We were both very emotional. Maybe he got that from me – sometimes I curse quite a lot.”

Dijana also gave some insight about some of the early health problems that Novak suffered during his career. “At the beginning of his career, Novak had many health problems. Because he had to give up a few matches, he was often attacked by the public or by tennis experts.

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He had a curvature of the nose wall, it was difficult for him to breathe. After an operation, things went better. In 2010 he was found to be intolerant to gluten. It made life difficult for him. He had to give up in Australia because of the heat.

Then his bleeding toe in Paris in 2007: after playing for five consecutive days, he gave up the semi-final against Nadal. Then everyone accused him, including John McEnroe! I had bandaged his foot the night before the duel. In the morning he could barely walk in slippers.

I advised him not to go to the court, he absolutely wanted to get an injection. Then he beat Nadal 6-2 in the first set. Novak took a medical timeout between sets to bandage the wounds. When Nadal saw the blood, he knew what was going on and then chased him into every corner until Novak had to give up.”

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