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Novak Djokovic’s Wife Jelena Djokovic, Family, Kids & Relationship Timeline

Novak Djokovic’s Wife Jelena Djokovic, Family, Kids & Relationship Timeline

Novak Djokovic supported for years by his wife Jelena – and 2024 Wimbledon season was no different.

The Serbian tennis player’s devoted wife of 10 years, Jelena Djokovic, was spotted in the stands on day four of the tennis championships as her husband watched his partner take to the court for his clash with Jacob Fearnley.

Jelena was joined by the couple’s youngest child, six-year-old Tara, who cuddled up to her mother as Novak played to victory.

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Jelena Djokovic and Tara Djokovic compete in day four of Wimbledon. (WireImage)

For the 38-year-old style icon, model and businesswoman, this is not an unusual sight.

And the Djokovics may be the golden couple of tennis, but their decades-long romance has much more humble beginnings than you might expect.

The Serbian athlete met Jelena Ristic in high school in the late 1990s, where they bonded over their shared passion for tennis and became friends.

They didn’t start dating until a few years later, in the early 2000s. They had their first date at a sports bar in Monte Carlo, where Novak was playing tennis.

“Our meeting was almost like science fiction,” Jelena said of the romance that blossomed between them, via Hello! Magazine.

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Novak and Jelena Djokovic celebrate their second anniversary with hundreds of red roses in the 2000s. (Instagram)

“I was a student who was barely making ends meet, and he was a very young tennis player who also had no money for expensive trips.”

At the time, she was studying luxury brand management at the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan, so their relationship was initially long-distance.

“Airplanes were completely out of our reach at that time,” Jelena said. “We were coming up with these plans; how to meet, how to make our relationship work.”

After graduation, she moved in with Novak in Monte Carlo and continued her education at the International University of Monaco while he climbed the ladder in the world of tennis.

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Jelena watches Novak’s semifinal match at the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008. (Andrew Wong/Getty)

He turned professional in 2003 and won his first major titles a few years later, but it was Jelena’s job that put a strain on their relationship when they moved in together.

The Serbian-born woman got a temporary job at an oil company and spent so much time in the office that she rarely saw Novak during his training sessions.

“At one point, Novak told me, ‘Honey, we can’t go on like this,'” she said via People.

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She therefore resigned from her job and became the national director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation (NDF), which she founded with his family in 2007.

The charity supports disadvantaged children in their native Serbia by providing them with access to early childhood education, and it was this organization that launched the couple’s humanitarian work.

It was the same year that Novak won his first Masters titles, reached his first Grand Slam final and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the world, his first top-three finish.

Jelena and Novak jointly founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation before their wedding in 2014. Pictured here in 2013. (Getty)

Jelena could often be found on the pitch during his matches, and although Novak knew how hard life could be for her, he was always happy to have her by his side.

“Running with the wolf (his nickname) can be very stressful. I know she doesn’t always like it. … I love her, she’s my biggest support system,” he once said.

He continued breaking records on the tennis court while Jelena pursued her master’s degree, then got engaged in September 2013 after eight years of dating.

They married the following July in a lavish ceremony at Aman Sveti Stefan, a seaside resort overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro.

“I am so happy to have him in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner than him,” Jelena said of Novak. (Instagram)

Novak and Jelena said their “I dos” just weeks after Novak claimed his second Wimbledon title, but on their wedding day, the only thing he cared about was his stunning fiancée.

“Seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress, smiling and walking towards me… She looked like an angel,” Novak said via Town & Country magazine.

“I tried to be present in the moment and remember it. I focused on her, her smile and our baby. It really was a perfect moment.”

That’s right — he said “baby.” Jelena was already pregnant with their first child when she walked down the aisle and later confessed she was “very nervous” that day.

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Novak and Jelena are protective of their children and rarely show their faces on social media. (Instagram)

“Everything seemed blurry. I saw him through tears and I immediately started crying when I saw him,” she said.

“I was just so happy, and pregnancy probably makes it harder to control your emotions. I’m so happy to have him in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner than him.”

In October 2014, they welcomed their first child, a son, whom they named Stefan (possibly in honor of their wedding venue).

Daughter Tara was born just a few years later in September 2017, and Novak celebrated the family’s special moment with a touching post on Instagram.

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“What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to be a parent!” Novak said after the birth of her daughter. (Clive Brunskill/Getty)
Novak’s children can often be seen sitting along the side of the pitch during his games. (Justin Setterfield/Getty)

“As a man, I have to convey my love and admiration to every woman who has gone through so much pain and effort to create life, give life and raise a human being,” he said.

“What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to be a parent! Jelena and Tara are my angels, and Stefan is a proud big brother who wants to share in his child’s household chores.”

The Djokovic family currently consists of four members, is very close-knit and private. When Novak is not on the court, he prefers to keep a low profile.

Jelena regularly shares surprisingly normal family photos on social media, showing that despite her husband’s meteoric rise to fame in sports, they are still a down-to-earth duo.

Novak and Jelena Djokovic kiss after another big win for the tennis champion. (Instagram)

He currently serves as Global CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation and is the director of Original Magazine, an online blog that creates content for the NDF community.

Meanwhile, her husband continues to break records with the tennis racket, winning his 23rd Grand Slam title by winning the French Open in 2023.

In celebration, he ran to the stands to passionately kiss his wife, with whom he celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary that same year.

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