Novak Djokovic Bio

  • Began playing at age four and made pro debut at 16
  • Plays with a double-handed backhand
  • Nicknamed "Nole"
  • Father, Srdjan and mother, Dijana
  • Owner of company, "Family Sports," which has three restaurants, a tennis academy, and a range of products, featuring his likeness on mineral water, candy bars, sugar, clothing, cups, among other items
  • He and his family opened a restaurant in Belgrade in April 2009 called “Novak”
  • Father, uncle and aunt were all professional skiers and his father was also an excellent football player
  • His father wanted him to be a football player or skier but excelled in tennis at an early age
  • Credits his family as inspiration for giving him so much support
  • Younger brothers Marko (born Aug. 20, 1991) and Djordje (born July 17, 1995) are both in school and play tennis
  • Idol growing up was Pete Sampras
  • At age 12, attended Niki Pilic Academy in Munich and practised there for almost two years before returning to Belgrade
  • Speaks Serbian, Italian, German and English
  • Favourite surface is hard courts but considers himself an all-around player
  • Best shot is backhand down the line
  • His family invited 50 underprivileged Kosovo-Serb children to Belgrade in September 2007 to be courtside for Serbia-Australia Davis Cup World Group tie
  • Appeared in September 2007 Vogue Magazine
  • Elected to two-year term in June 2008 to ATP Player Council
  • Earned ATP Player of the Year award in 2011 and 2012
  • On 6 February, 2012, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in London
  • Named recipient of Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year in 2012 for Novak Djokovic Foundation & UNICEF ambassador work
  • In December 2012, HRH Prince William recognised Djokovic for his charity work for young people in London
  • Works with physiotherapist Milan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch, who used to work with Austrian Thomas Muster
  • Coached by former ATP pro and Slovak Republic native Marian Vajda (since June 2006) and six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker (since December 2013). Novak Djokovic fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming the No. 1 player on the ATP World Tour in July 2011. We reflect on the Serbian's journey to the top. 
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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