Novak Djokovic wife and children – who is Jelena Djokovic, the mother of Novak’s kids?

Novak Djokovic has become a real tennis icon and he had the support of his wife Jelena since his teenage years. Jelena has been next to him since he won his first ATP title in Amersfoort back in 2006. The couple grew together, both became successful in what they do and most importantly, have two children. Many see Jelena just as Novak’s wife, but she actually has an impressive background herself.

Jelena and Novak Djokovic
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Who is Jelena Djokovic?

Jelena’s maiden name is Ristic and she grew up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Not many know that she is actually one year older than Novak.

Jelena was practicing tennis from an early age but turned to athletics later. She was pretty serious about it which led her to enroll in Sports High School in Belgrade. She met Novak there in 2005 through mutual friends and they started dating as teenagers.

Jelena was a perfect student which gave her an opportunity to study Business Administration at the Bocconi University in Milano. She was one of the best students in her class and continued her education at the University where she also got her Master’s Degree.

After graduating, Jelena started working at an oil company in Monaco in the human resources department. However, she didn’t stop with her education and got her PhD of Luxury Management and Services at the University of Monaco in 2011. Another impressive fact is that Jelena speaks seven languages.

Currently, Jelena is the director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation which works mainly on helping poor children in Serbia. The foundation has invested more than 15 million euros and has renovated more than 50 kindergartens in Serbia.

The foundation also works on a project called “Original” which works with creative people. Within the project, Jelena has launched the website and the podcast called Original Voice.

She has successfully organized multiple events that were attended by stars like Gerard Butler, Naomi Campbell, Kate Hudson, and others.

Novak and Jelena’s marriage and family

Djokovic family
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After eight years of dating, Novak proposed Jelena in 2013. He took her on a flight to Provance in France where he proposed. They got married the following year on a famous beach in Montenegro.

Jelena wore a wedding dress designed by the famous designer Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen, who also designed the dress for the Princess of Wales, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. The Magazine “Hello” got the exclusive rights to photograph the wedding after they donated half a million euros to charity.

In 2014, the couple got their first kid, son Stefan. Three years later, their daughter Tara was born. Djokovic’s children are often seen supporting Novak in tennis tournaments and sometimes stealing the spotlight from their famous father.

The 9-year-old Stefan already plays tennis but Novak has stated many times that he will not push him to become a professional player.

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