Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic turns 30 today. He is currently ranked No. 2 in men’s singles tennis in the world. Check out the interesting facts about him.
Born: 22 May 1987 (Age 30)
Birth Place: Belgrade, Serbia
We wish Nole a Happy 30th Birthday.
Unknown facts of Nole:
1. Novak Djokovic was trained by the coach of Monika Seles.
When Novak was six, he used to visit a tennis camp daily to see people play and after days and days of watching him there the camp coach, Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Gencic invited him to the court and Djokovic happily accepted.
Jelena complemented his talents and trained him for the next six years.
2. Top athlete of the world.
Novak Djokovic has been awarded the ‘Laureus World Sportsman of the Year’ thrice for being the world’s top athlete in the years 2011, 2014 and again in 2015 respectively.
3. Best male tennis player.
Novak Djokovic has also triumphed 3 ‘ESPY Awards’ for the ‘Best Male Tennis Player’.
At the 23rd annual award show in Los Angeles, he has been
awarded Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly award for the year 2011, 2012 and 2015.
4. Novak cooks for himself.
Novak cooks his own food himself. He prefers an apartment with a kitchen when he’s traveling so that he can make his food.
5. Man of the Year (2014).
During the 2014 Serbian flooding, Djokovic made his contribution by spreading awareness of the catastrophe and what happened turning the attention of the whole world towards Serbia by using his access to the media.
For his continuous efforts, Novak was announced as the “Man of the Year.”
6. Novak is the only player who has defeated his both competitors Nadal and Federer many times.
Djokovic is one of the four players who has defeated Roger Federer 3 times in 1 year. He is one of the only two players who has defeated both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in a Grand Slam in consecutive matches.
Novak is the one and the only player who has beaten both Nadal and Federer in the same tournament on 3 different occasions.
7. Novak Djokovic on the Forbes list.
Novak was at #42 with earnings of $48M in the year 2015 and was listed at #26 with his earnings of $56M in the year 2016 at a young age of 29 among the Celebrity 100 Forbes list.
Novak’s net worth is estimated to be around $175.3 M.
8. Djovokic speaks 5 languages.
Novak Djovokic can speak five different languages including Serbian, German, French, English and Italian.
9. Novak met his wife in high school.
Djovokic met his future wife Jelena Ristic in high school and they started dating in 2005.
In September 2013, the duo got engaged and on July 10, 2014, they got married at Sveti Stefan in Montenegro.
10. Djovokic celebrates by eating blades of grass.
Novak celebrated his Wimbledon success (2012 and 2014) by eating blades of grass on the court. Another interesting fact is that he talks to himself while he plays.