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“Wimbledon exit due to physical injury and private marital struggles.” This is the headline that put Novak Djokovic’s and wife Jelena’s relationship under the scanner, while the World No. 1 tennis star struggled to recover from injuries before his next game. Avid tennis fans are now curious about the tennis superstar’s wife and mother of his son. Here are some facts about the woman married to the greatest tennis player alive, Jelena Djokovic.

Childhood Sweethearts

Jelena and Novak met back in 2005 as teens when they attended high school together in Belgrade. The tennis legend even confessed about his failed attempt to make an impression on their first date. Jelena loved steak and Novak ordered a steak tartare, not knowing it was raw meat! Obviously their connection was too strong for some raw meat to keep them apart. The couple got engaged in 2013, when Novak reportedly proposed to Jelena in a luxurious manner. The couple married in July 2014 and welcomed an adorable baby boy in October, that same year.

Extensive Educational background

Back when Mrs. Djokovic was still Jelena Ristic, she was a studying business after graduating high school. After completing her Business Administration studies from the Bocconi University in Milan, she went on to study Luxury Management and Services at the International University of Monaco. With such an impressive educational background, it’s no surprise that she’s working on her PhD in Management!


She’s a CEO

With such impressive management qualifications, it’s no surprise that Jelena is the CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, established in 2007. The organisation’s aim is to help disadvantaged children with opportunities for education.

A humanitarian

The Novak Djokovic Foundation may be named after her husband, but it is Jelena who is the one working towards its goal. Jelena has always had an affinity for children and a passion for education rights.

Modeling career

In 2013, Jelena tried her hand at modeling for Figleaves, a swimwear brand. She confessed that as much as she enjoyed modeling, she doesn’t have much time for it. It’s understandable, since Jelena has a lot on her plate with a toddler, her humanitarian work, and cheering on Novak during all his matches!

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