75 lb. Novak Djokovic is no Djoke in the looks department. Finally a pro athlete
who is my height who weighs less than me. I'm sure all the aerobics in
tennis keep this stunning Serbian very lean.|
According to Wikipedia Djokovic,
currently (9/2008) the number three tennis pro in the world, is an all-court player.
Djokovic was born May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia, then Yugoslavia. He was born
to father Srđan and mother Dijana, and is the oldest of their three sons. His
two younger brothers, Đorđe and Marko, are also tennis players with professional
aspirations. Djokovic started playing tennis at the age of four, and when eight
was spotted by Yugoslav tennis legend Jelena Genčić, who stated "This
is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles.
Djokovic is also known for his often humorous off-court impersonations
of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends. This became
evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal
win over Carlos Moya, where he entertained the audience with impersonations
of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. In February 2008, Djokovic
conveyed his support via video link to a mass rally in Belgrade
against Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia.
Djokovic speaks Serbian and English fluently. He also speaks a bit
of Italian and German.
His greatest strengths includes his dominant groundstrokes, especially the forehand
which are powerful, deep, well angled, and hit with strong topspin, although his
preferred groundstroke is the backhand. With considerable speed, his serve is one
of his major weapons winning many free points from his flatter first serve and employing
a sharp curving kick serve as his second serve. Djokovic, while very sound and powerful
from the baseline, often finishes points by coming to the net similar to Roger Federer.
He also utilizes a well-disguised backhand underspin dropshot and sliced backhand
(groundstroke) in his repertoire.
In 2012 he was profiled on the biggest news show in America, 60 Minutes.