Wednesday, 17 August 2011

novak djokovic.Serbian professional tennis player

Novak Djokovic born 22 May 1987 is a Serbian professional tennis player who is ranked the World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) since 4 July 2011. He has won three Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 and 2011 Australian Open championships and the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam events, separately and consecutively.

He is considered the best male tennis player to come out of Serbia, the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans. Djokovic is also a double winner of the award The Best Sportperson of Serbia and award for The Best Sportsman by Olympic Committee of Serbia. He has been awarded with the Order of St. Sava, the highest decoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church.


* 1 Biography

* 2 Tennis career

o 2.1 Early career

o 2.2 2006

o 2.3 2007

o 2.4 2008

o 2.5 2009

o 2.6 2010

o 2.7 2011

o 2.8 Davis Cup

o 2.9 Rivalries

* 3 Playing style, equipment and diet

* 4 Grand Slam tournaments

o 4.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

o 4.2 Grand Slam tournament finals

+ 4.2.1 Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)

* 5 Career statistics

* 6 Awards and honours

o 6.1 Order of Saint Sava

o 6.2 List of awards

* 7 Records

* 8 Off the Court

o 8.1 In Popular Culture

o 8.2 Personal Life

* 9 See also

* 10 References

* 11 Further reading

* 12 External links


Novak Djokovic was born 22 May 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia, to father Srđan and mother, Dijana. His two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje, are also tennis players with professional aspirations. Since the end of 2005, Novak has been dating Jelena Ristić.[citation needed]

He started playing tennis at the age of four. In the summer 1993, the six-year-old got spotted by Yugoslav tennis legend Jelena Genčić at Mount Kopaonik where Djokovic's parents ran a fast-food parlour.Upon seeing the dedicated and talented youngster in action she stated: "This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles.Genčić worked with young Djokovic over the following six years before realizing that, due to his rapid development, going abroad in search of increased level of competition is the best option for his future. To that end she contacted Nikola Pilić and in September 1999, the 12-year-old moved to Pilić tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany, spending three months there. At age 14, his international career began, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition.

He resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and has been coached since 2006 by a former Slovak tennis player, Marián Vajda.

Djokovic is known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends. This became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyà, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova.He also did an impression of American tennis great John McEnroe after his final preliminary game at the 2009 US Open, before playing a brief game with McEnroe, much to the delight of the audience. It is because of this jovial personality that he earned the nickname "Djoker", a portmanteau of his surname and the word joker. Novak Djokovic is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.

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