Jelena Djokovic has been the wife of Novak Djokovic since 2014. While you probably don’t know much about her, you should know a thing or two about her spouse. You don’t have to be a tennis fan to know that Novak is one of the most successful and celebrated tennis players the world has ever seen. The Serbian player has humbled rivals like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka. He belongs to what is considered the Big Four in tennis, even though he has been edging out other lords of the racket sports; Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Novak’s enormous accomplishment in the sport has seen him become one of the greatest tennis players in history. As much as this is an incredible feat, it has cast a shadow over the life and career of those around him, including his wife.
Jelena Djokovic may be known across the globe as the special woman in Novak’s life but what she does for a living, family background, and facts of that sort are not known to many as she is often only talked about as though the entirety of her life revolves around the tennis superstar. Before and after she got involved with Novak, Jelena has had a lot going for her: there’s is more to who she is rather than just the supportive wife of a world-famous tennis player. Amongst other things, she is a loving mom, an entrepreneur, and someone devoted to promoting the welfare of humanity.
Novak Djokovic’s Wife Is Older Than Him
As you would easily find, Novak Djokovic is 34 years old as he was born on the 22nd of May 1987. His wife Jelena Djokovic was born in the previous years and is almost a year older than him. As far as the public knows, the age difference has never constituted a problem for them. Like her famous husband, it was in the capital and largest city of Serbia, Belgrade, that Jelena Djokovic was born. She was born to Vera and Miomir Ristic and it was also in Belgrade that she was raised.
Even though details of her early life and upbringing are hard to come by, just as what her parents do for a living is not known to the public, we can confirm that she is not the only child they have. Jelena has an older sister named Marija, with whom she was raised in Belgrade. As claimed in some quarters, Jelena was a bright child, she was the best student in her class in elementary and high school which earned her some coveted scholarships. It is said that she attended a sports high school and is college-educated.
According to various reports, she first furthered her education at Bocconi University, a private university in Milan, Italy. There, she studied from 2005 to 2008 and bagged a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management; her final thesis was in “sports marketing”. Jelena would later proceed to the International University of Monaco (IUM) where she acquired a master’s in luxury goods and services, fashion.
Jelena Met Novak Djokovic In High School and They Began Dating In 2005
The Jelena-Novak love story began when they were in high school where they first met. Although details are yet to be revealed, some reports claim it was tennis that brought them together. Based on the Instagram post above which Novak shared on the 23rd of September 2017, one can assert that they began dating in 2005.
After high school, the quest to build their respective careers kept them away from each other but they were able to withstand the test of time. They kept the relationship going for as much as eight years before they took it to the next phase: this was sometime in September 2013 when the tennis star proposed to his high school sweetheart.
The couple wasted no time in getting married, their wedding happened on the 10th of July 2014 at the Sveti Stefan hotel in Montenegro. They were already expecting their first child when they got married.
Jelena and Her Husband Are Now Parents To Two Kids
While the couple has been together for over a decade and a half, they have been married for a few years shy of a decade and happily so. In all these years, there has never been a report that they are having issues in their marriage. Jelena Djokovic has been very supportive of her husband as much as he adores her.
Their marriage has thus far been blessed with two kids, a son and a daughter named Stefan and Tara Djokovic. Before they got married, precisely on the 24th of April 2014, the tennis player disclosed that they were expecting their first child. They welcomed Stefan that same year and he is now an older brother to Tara who was born in September 2017.
Jelena Djokovic Has Founded Several Organizations Which She Runs
After she graduated from college and before she obtained her master’s degree, Jelena worked with Tamoil SAM as a human resource coordinator for eight months, from January to August 2009. The same year she got her master’s degree, she founded Jelena Ristic Consulting which is based in Monaco. She is the director of the company whose activities revolve around digital branding and marketing, brand development, management, identity communication, and promotion.
Apart from Jelena Ristic Consulting, she is also the founder and executive director of Original Magazin which has been in business since 2015. The establishment is also into brand development and management. She is also the founder and editor of JelenaDjokovic.com which has been up since July 2018.
Since 2011, Jelena has been working with the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She first worked as its Global CEO from August 2011 to September 2015. The following month, she assumed the position of its national director and has been serving in that capacity to date.