Novak Djokovic

by ethnic on September 16, 2010

Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia

Date of Birth: 22 May, 1987

Ethnicity: Serbian

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian tennis player. He is the son of Dijana (Žagar) and Srđan Djokovic. His father was born in a village near Trepča, in Kosovo. His mother was born in Belgrade. His siblings, Marko and Djordje, are also tennis players. Novak is married to Jelena Ristić, with whom he has two children. His family is Serbian Orthodox.

The Đoković family is said to hail from Čevo.

Novak’s paternal grandfather was Vladimir Đoković (the son of Neđeljko Đoković and Sara Jauković). Vladimir’s parents were from Jasenovo Polje near Nikšić, now in Montenegro, and later moved to Voćnjak in Metohija. The family fled Albanians during WWII, and lived with a relative, named Novak, after whom Novak Djokovic is named.

Novak’s paternal grandmother was named Stanka.

Novak’s maternal grandparents were named Zdenko and Elizabeta. They were from Vinkovci in eastern Croatia.

Source: Genealogy of Novak Djokovic (focusing on his father’s side) –

Photo by Leonard Zhukovsky/

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Manila July 17, 2018 at 8:02 am

Read “NOTE A” on his early life here:

Once read, kindly revise the article.

andrew February 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Can I ask it again? Thank you.

cwm85 November 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm

He’s the best.

underground89 July 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

This is incorrect! Novak’s mother is an ethnic Serb from Croatia.
Her ancestral town, Vinkovci, is located in the traditionally Serbian area of Croatia known as the “Krajina”.

There are ethnic/indigenous Serbs from Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Albania, Hungary, Austria Bosnia and Croatia, it’s misleading to misidentify them according to their passports/citizenship!

August November 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Actually, Novak’s mother is Croat from Croatia. He told it once in the interview.

five110 June 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

Why his Grandfather is here only mention ???Why not his Father.???His Father is Serbian.The name “Djokovic” is clearly Serbian.In Montenegro live since Centurys over 250.000 ethnic Serbs.Montenegro was an Serbian province and gets independed for political Reasons.It seems that here is an strong lobby of Serbian enemys who try to denie the Serbian Heritage of famous Persons just to elevate themself.

Crystal Spies January 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I am so grateful for your blog.Really looking forward to read more.

yayygirl01 January 3, 2012 at 5:35 am

His father is from Jasenovo Polje in Montenegro and his mother is from Vinkovci in Croatia.

clarissa077 November 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

Yeah,he’s Montenegrin too.

eleonora022 November 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

His grandfather (from father’s side) is from Montenegro and he’s Croatian on his mother’s side.

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