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Novak Djokovic - Singles Ranking No 1
Dec 01, 2014 Author: Shanghai Rolex Masters ATP1000

Novak Djokovic, 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)...On 10 July 2014, married Jelena Ristic in a private ceremony in Montenegro.

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