Novak Djokovic: The Making of a Champion: Part 1

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Novak Djokovic: The Making of a Champion: Part 1
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2013 Australian Open champion - Novak Djokovic

4-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, was born 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia. He has two younger brothers, Marko age 21 and 17-year-old Djordje who are also professional tennis players.

Nole’s father Srdjan was a former professional skier, who met Novak’s mother Dijana when both were skiing instructors at the Serbian mountain resort of Kopaonik.

Nole’s uncle Goran and aunt Jelena had also been professional skiers, and the family ended up running a series of businesses, including a pizza restaurant, in Kopaonik.


Nole first came across tennis age four, when three new courts were laid across the street from the family’s apartment. Although he took easily to tennis, at a young age he was expected to follow the family tradition and become a skier or maybe even a soccer player.

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