Novak Djokovic was in Belgrade today and his first order of business was to deliver his Wimbledon trophy to his first coach, Jelena Gencic.
Gencic trained Djokovic in his early years and the World No. 1 returned to his roots to recognize her help.
From Novak’s official bio: “Novak was the first of three sons. He was four when he took up tennis, while living in Kopaonik. Racquet in hand, he would run after the older kids at summer tennis camp, attempting to get the ball over the net. This went on for a while. He was eight when he was spotted by the eagle-eyed Jelena Gencic. Ever reserved in her statements, this time she could not but comment: ‘This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monika Seles.’ Jelena began to follow his progress and look after little Nole. He took to tennis easily. As they say, he was a natural.”
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