Was Novak Djokovic’s Wife Jelena Djokovic a Professional Tennis Player?

Published 09/09/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Jelena Djokovic and Novak Djokovic attend the Wimbledon Champions Dinner at The Guildhall on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)


World No.1 Novak Djokovic is just two steps away from creating history at the US Open 2021. After already winning three Grand Slams this year, the Serbian legend is chasing his Calendar Slam in New York. However, it would not have been possible if he hadn’t got the love and support from his family and especially from his wife, Jelena Djokovic.

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Novak Djokovic has admitted time and again that Jelena has always been his backbone. One usually sees her supporting and cheering for her husband even if the entire crowd is against him. It is because of this reason that ‘Djoker’ finds his strength in her.

BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: (L-R)The Djokovic family, Novak’s mother Dijana, Novak Djokovic, Novak’s brother Djordje, Novak’s father Srdjan and Novak’s wife Jelena pose during the Adria Tour Final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Jelena Djokovic was never a tennis player

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While many tennis players find their love on the court like Roger Federer, World No.1 Novak Djokovic didn’t enjoy the same luck. However, he found Jelena in high school.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Jelena Djokovic, wife of Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 13 of the French Open 2021, Roland-Garros 2021, Grand Slam tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium on June 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Interestingly, Jelena never played tennis in her entire life. Even though she has had an interest in the sport, she never played it herself at any level. On the other hand, she has always been a bright student academically. She completed her graduation in business administration from Boconni University in Milan and also holds a master’s degree in luxury brand management from the University of Monaco.

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Jelena Djokovic is currently an entrepreneur and serves as the national director of the ‘Novak Djokovic Foundation’. The organization works for the upliftment of underprivileged children and she also received an award for her philanthropic work in 2014. Apart from this, she is also the founder of the digital marketing firm- ‘Jelena Ristic consulting’. Her estimated net worth is around $2 million.

When did Jelena and Novak Djokovic meet?

Even though Nole met Jelena in high school, they officially began dating in 2005. They got engaged in 2013 before and tied the knot on July 10, 2014. In the same year, the couple welcomed their son, Stefan.

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MONACO, MONACO – FEBRUARY 18: Jelena Djokovic with Laureus World Sportsman of The Year 2019 Nominee Novak Djokovic kiss during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)

Even though they were about to get break up once before their engagement, the two managed to sort out things. As of now, they also have a daughter named Tara.

Jelena and Novak Djokovic are truly one of the most loved couples on the tour. Will  Jelena’s unconditional support be able to help Djokovic accomplish the Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021?

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