Novak Djokovic is a Serbian tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time and the best of all time. He has held the top spot in the ATP rankings longer than any other player, 354 weeks.
Djokovic had an exceptional 2021 season, winning the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. He also reached the final of the US Open, when he was defeated by Daniil Medvedev. In addition to his Grand Slam achievements, the Serb also won the Paris Masters.
Novak Early Life
Novak Djokovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia on May 22, 1987. His upbringing included two brothers. Djokovic began playing tennis when he was four years old. Jelena Geni noticed Djokovic at the age of six and immediately recognized the little boy's potential.
Jelena Geni then trained Djokovic for the next six years before sending him to Germany to work with Nikola Pili. He trained at the academy for four years, beginning his junior career in the middle of his tennis education.
Professional Career and Achievements
In 2003, Djokovic became professional and first competed in ATP Challenger Series and Futures tournaments, winning three titles in each from 2003 to 2005.
In 2005, he entered the business world when his family formed “Family Sport,” whose daily activities are mostly managed by his father and uncle. In 2009, the firm purchased one of the ATP's tournaments, the Dutch Open, and transferred it to Serbia.
In 2010, Novak was a member of the Serbian team that defeated France to win the Davis Cup. In 2011, he was at his peak, winning three of the four ‘Grand Slam titles (‘US Open,' ‘Wimbledon,' and ‘Australian Open') and ten tournaments in which he won 43 consecutive matches.
At 35 years old and in the twilight of his prime, Novak Djokovic has every opportunity to win additional Grand Slam titles. Twenty Grand Slam championships in his belt, he trails only Rafael Nadal, who holds 22. This Tremendous Performance proved himself a GOAT.
His five ‘ATP World Tour Masters 1000' victories broke the previous record. He reached the zenith of achievement on July 4, 2011, when he was ranked No. 1 in the world and set a new record for the most prize money won in a single season on the ‘ATP World Tour with $12 million.
In 2015, he won his second ‘US Open singles championship and replicated his achievement of winning three ‘Grand Slam titles in a single year. He sponsors businesses and products including “Telekom Srbija,” “FitLine,” “Mercedes-Benz,” and “Seiko.”
Novak's Net Worth
Novak Djokovic's Net worth has accumulated $220 million in career earnings. He was the first tennis player to win a prize worth $100 million. As part of his tennis accomplishments, he has won approximately $153 million in prize money. He has earned the most prize money in the history of tennis.
Since 2017, Djokovic has been sponsored by the sportswear brand Lacoste. He signed a five-year contract with Lacoste at a premium above his previous sponsor, Uniqlo. He is clad in ASICS shoes.
The tennis racquet manufacturer Head, NetJets, Seiko Watch Corporation, and Peugeot are all sponsors of the Serbian tennis sensation.
Additionally, Djokovic sponsors the Serbian telecoms business Telekom Srbija and the German nutritional supplement company FitLine. Djokovic is also the Ultimate Software brand ambassador.
According to Forbes, Djokovic earned approximately $32 million in 2002 from sponsorships and other endorsements. The Serbian ranks 23rd on Forbes' list of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Novak's Playing Style
Novak Djokovic is regarded as one of the most “complete” tennis players, having no discernible weaknesses in his game. His talent to return serves is well-known, and he is rarely aced. In addition, Djokovic's outstanding agility around the court has earned him accolades. Djokovic wins matches by turning defense into offensive above all else.
In high school, Novak Djokovic met his wife, Jelena Risti. In 2005, he started dating her. The pair married in 2014 and had their first kid that same year. In 2017, they had another child. He has also been pals with the Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic since childhood.
Outside of tennis, Djokovic is a soccer enthusiast. A member of the Serbian Orthodox Church, he is reportedly rumored to meditate for up to an hour per day.
Novak Djokovic is currently ranked No. 1 in men's singles tennis and is regarded as one of the best professional tennis players of all time. He is the only player in the ‘open era' to have won three consecutive Australian Open singles titles from 2011 to 2013.