Novak Djokovic's Awesome Tennis Career
Novak Djokovic is a professional tennis player from Serbia. He won his first Grand slam championships in 2008, and has won it many times since. In 2011, took over the sport and moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the world.
Novak has quickly made a reputation for himself in the world of tennis. At the age of four, he began playing, but when he turned thirteen, he actually started to take it seriously when he started training. Born in 1987 in Serbia, Novak made his ascent to the top of the charts just shortly after beginning. He won the Australian Open in 2008, and almost instantly made himself in a sensation in the sports world. In 2010, he led the national Serbian team to its first Davis Cup win.
It was in 2011 that he claimed three of the four Grand Slams along with compiling a 43-match winning streak on his way to achieving the No. 1 rank. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, his mother and father owned a sporting company, Family Sports. The company had three restaurants and a tennis academy. With Novak’s uncle, aunt, and father all being professional skiers, with his dad also excelling at soccer, Novak quickly entered the world of sports.
At only four years old, he took to tennis. At six, he was seen by tennis legend Jelena Gencic. Novak began working with him for the following six years, and it was during this time that the war in what was once Yugoslavia and the bombing in Belgrade led Novak and his family to often spend many nights in the basement. It was over this three month period that Novak says he grew even more fond of the sport.
Determined to succeed, Novak was thirteen when he was sent to Munich, Germany where he attended the Pilic Academy to pursue higher levels of competition. In 2001, at age fourteen, Novak started his international career in tennis.
Novak ended his first year as a triple European champion in team, doubles, and singles. At the World Junior Championship that same year, he won the silver medal in a team competition. At sixteen years old, after Novak won five ITF Championships, his rank was 40 out of all of the junior tennis players.
By 2004, Novak had won his first ATP Challenger tournament in Budapest where had begun as a qualifier. More success was soon to follow as he moved up steadily in the rankings towards the No. 1 spot that he would soon achieve.
The next year, Novak qualified for Wimbledon and made it to the third round, moving him into the Top 100 on the life.
Novak continued to have even more success with his career. In 2007, he played the semifinals in the French Open along with Wimbledon. Novak won his second Masters title when he beat the Top 3 players in Montreal, outperforming Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Roddick, making him No. 3 in the world.
Novak then competed for Serbia in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It was there that he won a bronze medal in singles tennis, and in 2010 he clenched the Davis Cup trophy with the Serbian national team (a first in history). Novak had a winning streak in 2011 when he won a total of 43 matches straight. He holds the record as the only player to ever achieve such a run. It was that same year that he won Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the U.S. Open, making him the No. 1 tennis player in the world.
Novak’s success continued in 2012 when he took home the Australian Open singles title, and also made it to the semifinals yet again at Wimbledon. Novak was beat by Roger Federer in the semifinals, who went on to win against Andy Murray.
Later that same year, Novak went up against Murray himself but ended up losing after five sets. But, for the third year straight, Novak took home the men’s singles title in 2013 at the Australian Open. He was also named runner-up at Wimbledon, only losing to Andy Murray.
At the U.S. Open, Novak was the topped ranked player. In the first three rounds, Novak easily won, but he finally lost to Rafael Nadal. Novak’s success has continued to today where he is considered one of the greatest tennis players of his time. With this many championships, titles, and records, Novak has clearly proven himself as a tennis prodigy, and he has earned a fan base all his own.