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All You Need to Know About Novak Djokovic’s Scintillating Love Story With Wife Jelena

Published 01/26/2023, 2:30 PM EST

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The big three, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, ruled tennis for the last two decades. There’s no way we can declare any one of them as the greatest. While the competition has been extreme between these three, there’s one thing in common.

All three of them got into a long, stable relationship that extended into a successful marriage. As the saying goes, there’s always a woman behind a successful man. It holds true for the big three as well. Here we are going to discuss the beautiful love story of Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena.

How Novak Djokovic met Jelena Ristic


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Many of our fans might not be aware that Jelena is a year older than Novak and the two met for the first time in high school. It was in 2005 when they started dating. While Djokovic was rapidly climbing the ladders of success, Jelena had absolute clarity regarding her career.

Instead of accompanying her boyfriend on the ATP tour, she chose to pursue higher education and moved to Italy. After getting a degree in Sports business management and International Management from Monaco University, she returned and became the head of the Novak Djokovic foundation.


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The couple dated for a long time before finally exchanging vows in 2014. Weeks later, they welcomed their first child. Currently, the beautiful couple has two kids, Stefan and Tara. The couple came from strength to strength and are deeply in love. We often see Jelena fighting it out with the critics and social media haters whenever someone speaks against Novak. The 21-time Grand Slam champion is truly a lucky man.

Funny first date of Novak and Jelena

For their first date, Djokovic took Jelena to a restaurant. To impress her, he ordered a steak tartare. However, when the dish arrived, it was clear to Jelena that the young man had no idea about the dish. While Jelena had a good laugh at Novak’s little misadventure, she made sure to give him another chance to impress her.


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After that, the couple only grew more in love and are happily married for over eight years now. Djokovic is in the final few years of his tennis career now. Djokovic is a thorough gentleman and a perfect family man. Recently in a post-match interview at Australian Open 2023, the Serb got emotional as the interviewer asked him about his daughter Tara.


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Djokovic has advanced into the semifinal of the Australian Open now. Up next he will face American tennis star, Tommy Paul. It will be interesting to see if the legend can add the 10th Australian Open title to his bag.



Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.