One of the finest tennis players, Novak Djokovic enjoyed skiing and football but tennis was always and will remain his first love. With unmatched skill and physical fitness, Nole (that's how he's often referred to) won his first major tournament at 2008 Australian Open and achieved his first #1 world ranking in 2011. It was also in 2011 that the Serbian tennis star won three Grand Slam titles making him the sixth male tennis player to win 3 major tournaments in a year. With his victory at the 2016 French Open, Djokovic earned his 12th career Grand Slam singles title.
You might be aware of this fact about Djokovic that he is sometimes called Djoker as he has this interesting yet sometimes irritating quality of imitating other players including Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe among a few. But do you know this interesting Novak Djokovic fact that he is recognised for not one, but two reasons in the Guinness World Records 2016 edition?
Read on to know this interesting fact and many more.
Djokovic grew up in a family of professional skiers and his father wanted Novak to either follow suit or be a professional soccer player but Nole excelled at tennis from an early age and that changed his father's mind. All thanks to his family who never stopped him from following his dreams.
When Novak Djokovic was six, he used to visit a tennis camp every day to see people play and after days and days of seeing him there the camp coach, Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Gencic who had coached Monika Seles invited him to the court and Djokovic gladly accepted. Jelena complemented the six-year-old on his talents and trained him for the next six years.
Djokovic has thrice been awarded the 'Laureus World Sportsman of the Year' for being the top athlete of the world in the years 2011, 2014 and again in 2015.
Novak has also won three 'ESPY Awards' for the 'Best Male Tennis Player'. Djokovic has been awarded with Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly award for the year 2011, 2012 and again for 2015 at the 23rd annual award show in Los Angeles.
As a Novak Djokovic fan, you must have seen him freely expressing his emotions on the court, but did you know this interesting fact that because of often showing his expressions Novak is now a part of the books about Social Psychology in the American Universities under the section "Watching emotion expressions on one person".
No matter where Djokovic is travelling and for what length of time he is there, Novak cooks his own food. Novak prefers an apartment with a kitchen when he's travelling so he can prepare his food.
Novak made his contribution during the 2014 Serbian flooding by spreading awareness of the calamity and what happened turning the attention of the entire world towards Serbia by using his access to the media and for his continuous efforts Novak Djokovic was announced as the Man of the Year.
With earnings of $48M in 2015, Nole was at #42 and with his 2016 earnings of $56M at a young age of 29 Novak was listed at #26 among the Celebrity 100 Forbes list. Djokovic's net worth is estimated to be about $175.3 M.
Besides being a professional tennis player, Djokovic with his family founded Family Sport in 2005, an investment LLC in Serbia. Family Sport invests in sports, entertainment, restaurants, apparel distribution real estate and tennis facilities. The charitable Novak Djokovic Foundation is also managed by the company.
Djokovic became the first Serbian player to a win a Grand Slam singles tournament in 2008 and in the year 2009 he joined the fellow up-start Andy Murray and the already established legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and thus began the 'Big 4 Era' in which the foursome have had a supremacy over men's tennis.
This is one interesting Novak Djokovic fact you've been waiting for. Nole is recognised for two reasons in the 2016 edition of the Guinness World Record. Firstly for winning the most Australian Open Titles, five to be exact in the years 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Second for the longest Grand Slam final ever. This recognition Novak Djokovic shares with Rafael Nadal for their exhausting five sets in the Australia Open final that was played for 5 hours and 33 minutes. It was Novak who won the match and the title 5:7, 6:4, 6:2, 6:7 and 7:5.
You might have noticed this interesting Novak Djokovic fact that on every serve Nole bounces the ball up to a dozen times and because of this an infuriated opponent literally turned his back to Novak in a 2008 match as he bounced the ball.
Impressive! Novak can speak five different languages that include Serbian (no prize for guessing this one!), English (or this either!), German, French and Italian.
Novak met Jelena Ristic, his future wife in high school and they began dating in 2005. They got engaged in September 2013 and got married at Sveti Stefan in Montenegro on July 10, 2014.
Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organisation created a group "Champions for Peace" that includes famous elite athletes who are committed to serving peace in the world through sports and Nole is a member of it.
Djokovic is a nightmare for his opponents as he is one of the four players who has defeated Roger Federer three times in one year. Novak is one of the only two players who has defeated both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam in consecutive matches and Novak Djokovic is the one and only player who has beaten both Federer and Nadal in the same tournament on three different occasions.
Interesting fact, but if you are a Novak Djokovic fan you might already have seen him doing this on the court. Novak celebrated his Wimbledon victories (2012 and 2014) by eating blades of grass and says it tastes like sweat. Another interesting Djokovic fact, he talks to himself while he plays.
Novak is a dog lover and takes his pet poodle, Pierre everywhere he goes. During the 2011 Wimbledon, Pierre was not allowed to enter the United Kingdom despite Djokovic pleading with the authorities. Not having Pierre around really upsets Nole.
From war-torn Belgrade to becoming one of the greatest tennis players, Djokovic has it all penned down in his book titled 'Serve To Win'. He even shares a 14-day gluten-free diet plan for better fitness in his book.
The 'Novak Djokovic Foundation' was launched in 2007 to help disadvantaged children. The foundation provides support to young Serbian children who lost their parents in war. The foundation also finances several Serbian monasteries and churches.
One of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis, Djokovic's matches have been classified as some of the greatest contests ever, the final of 2012 Australian Open as the greatest of all.
"Belief is the most common word to me, even more than hope. For one to achieve his dreams, he needs to truly believe in them."