Over the last five years, no one has occupied the No 1 spot on the World Tennis ranking more than Novak Djokovic has. The Serbian has been relentless in recent times and has repeatedly proven himself to be a real bad-ass of the racket sports, edging out other lords of the game like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer. While he has been slowly setting himself apart as the leader of the Big Four in tennis, he has humbled other rivals like Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Born on May 22, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia; Novak Djokovic was only 4 years old and a casual observer at a tennis training camp when Jelena Gencic summoned him to the court and handed him a racket. Today, the Serbian professional tennis player has more to brag about other than reigning for 223 weeks in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) rankings as the best player in the world. He has 30 Masters 1000 series titles to his name and has won 5 ATP Finals and 12 Grand Slams.
Novak Djokovic’s Career Earnings And Net worth
As with any top competitive sport, with winning comes wealth. Winning 16 Grand Slam singles titles and 5 ATP Finals has come with a huge financial windfall for the Serb. Throughout his career spanning almost two decades, Novak has won an astonishing $132 million in prize money, the highest by any athlete in the sport.
Though Swiss maestro Roger Federer has won more majors than Djokovic, 13 of the Serbians Grand Slam were won post-2010 while 75% of Federer’s majors were before 2010 meaning that Novak’s wins came during a time when more prize money was on offer.
Djokovic makes $22 million per year from sponsorship, with brands such as Lacoste, ASICS and watchmaker Seiko among his biggest sponsors. His deal with Lacoste alone accounts for $9 million of his income every year. Novak Djokovic’s net worth is put at a whopping $220 million
These Are His Most Notable Awards
Novak Djokovic is a recipient of various awards, all of which are in recognition of his contribution to the game of tennis. Seen as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, he has so far amassed 16 grand slam titles and has ended the year as World number 1 on 5 occasions.
He is a holder of Serbia’s highest military and civilian honor – the Order of Karađorđe’s Star, which was bestowed on him by the President of Serbia Boris Tadić in 2012. Albert II, Prince of Monaco awarded Djokovic the Vermillion Medal for Physical Education and Sports in 2012. He is also a recipient of the Duke of Cambridge’s Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award.
He has been awarded ATP Player of the Year 5 times, the first time in 2011, others were in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. He has won Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year on four separate years; 2012,2015, 2016 and 2019. Novak holds an astonishing 20 Guinness World Records including the First tennis player to win 3 successive Australian Open titles.
Who Are Novak Djokovic’s Family Members?
For a man who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, it is quite normal that Djokovic’s accomplishments on the court have towered above who he is, casting a shadow over his family life.
- His parents and brothers
Novack was born to parents Srđan and Dijana Djokovic on the 22nd of May 1987 in Belgrade. He has two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje who have pursued careers in tennis just like their superstar brother.
Novak’s immediate younger brother Marko was born on the 20th of August 1991 and made his first appearance on the junior ITF circuit in September 2006. Marko is yet to hit the heights Novak has attained but is making slow and steady strides in his career. His highest ever World ranking has been at No. 571 on 14 January 2019. He is yet to win any major honors.
The youngest of the Djokovic brothers Djordje was born on the 17th of July 1995 and his only major career highlight has been reaching the doubles quarterfinals at the 2015 China Open. His highest ranking so far has been at Number 1463 on 9 September 2013.
- His wife and children
Novack is married to Jelena Novak sometime in July 2014 after they got engaged the previous year. The union was a highlight for a relationship that has endured a handful of several years; the two met in high school and became lovers in 2005.
Apparently, Jelena was pregnant with their first child when they got married. The same year they became life partners, precisely in October, they welcomed their son and named him Stefan. Stefan Djokovic soon became a brother to Tara, the couple’s second child. She was born in September 2017.
On her Instagram account (@jelenadjokovicndf), Jelena stated she is the CEO of their family’s Novak Djokovic Foundation. The foundation is devoted to helping Serbian children attain their aspirations in life by making sure they get quality education. The foundation do this by improving the education system of Serbia. On the other hand, Jelena is also the director of ORGNLmagazine and originalniglas podcast.
Apparently, Jelena Novak is a huge fan of her husband if not his biggest fan. However in 2018 when she missed attending her husband’s Wimbledon Championships – Men’s Singles final match where he defeated Kevin Anderson, rumors began going round that all might not be well with the couple. They later on dissuaded the rumors and Novak followed up with a tweet where he revealed that he was spending time away with his wife and recovering.