Djokovic was born to parents Srdjan and Diana in the city of Belgrade, which was then part of Yugoslavia but now is the capital of Serbia. Novak has two younger brothers, Marko and Djorde, who also play 网球 with aims to become professional.
The 1990s were a turbulent decade in the Balkans and Serbs were 给 a bad reputation throughout 欧洲 and the world. Djokovic’s aspiration was not only to become a great 网球 player but to be a positive representative of his country on an international level. He stated that: “The war also made me a better 网球 player because I swore to myself that I’d prove to the world that there are good Serbs too.”
Djokovic began playing 网球 at the age of 4 and early on showed great promise in the sport. At the age of six he was discovered 由 Jelena Gencic, a highly successful Serbian 网球 player, who became his coach for the 下一个 six years.
Gencic was impressed 由 the young player’s natural talent and hardworking nature and realized it would be in Djokovic’s best interest to 移动 abroad to train. At the age of 12 Djokovic moved to Oberschleissheim, Germany to continue his training at the Pilic 网球 Academy with Nikola Pilic where he remained for four years.