Novak Djokovic

Djokovic in 2013, photo by Leonard Zhukovsky/

Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia

Date of Birth: 22 May, 1987

Ethnicity: Serbian, Croatian, Montenegrin

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian tennis player. As of 2020, he is ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

He is the son of Dijana (Žagar) and Srđan Djokovic. His father, who is of Serbian and Montenegrin descent, was born in a village near Trepča, in Kosovo. His mother was born in Belgrade, and is of partly or entirely Croatian descent. His siblings, Marko Djokovic and Djordje Djokovic, 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 Franjić. They were from Vinkovci in eastern Croatia.

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


Curious about ethnicity

21 Responses

  1. Horvat1 says:

    If his great-grandfather is originally from Cevo (from the tribe of Ozrinici), he is Montenegrin. The Ozrinici tribe comes from Old Montenegro, a region where almost all of the native tribes identify as ethnically Montenegrin, especially the Ozrinici tribe. The village of Cevo, which is the center of the Ozrinici tribe, has 98.4% of its population identifying as ethnically Montenegrin, as of the 2011 census:
    Montenegrins are a recognized ethnic group, no matter what anyone says:
    It is true that most of the natives of the area known as Old Herzegovina (North Montenegro) where the Djokovic family came to, from Cevo, usually identify as Serbs, however, the Djokovic family is not native to the area, coming from the south, Old Montenegro. Even the village of Jasenovo Polje, where the Djokovic family migrated to, contains 75 % ethnic Montenegrins and 25% Serbs, according to the 2003 census:
    This is because the other major families in this village, like the Durutovic, and Todorovic, also come from Cevo, along with the Djokovic family, migrating there in around 1730. The 25 percent of Serbs in the village are probably natives. The Jaukovic line, from the mother of his paternal grandfather, seems to come from the Drobnjak clan, which is an Old Herzegovian clan: You can see that the Jaukovici are from the Drobnjak clan, under the section “Brotherhoods and Families”
    As was said before most Old Herzegovian clans, including the Drobnjak, traditionally identify as Serbs.
    His paternal grandmother was most likely a Kosovo Serb, although no information is provided.
    So his father seems to be around 12.5 % Montenegrin and 37.5 % Serbian (from Old Hercegovina and Kosovo). The ethnicity should actually say Serbian and Montenegrin (father) or something like Serbian as well as some Montenegrin.

  2. Joe says:

    Well it is not my agenda or my feelings in queston here .It is a fact which Novak himself explained in an interview one year ago and since this is a page that talks about ethnicity I thought I could contribute a little bit because it is obvious that you are out of touch here. But if you think that is better for this page to leave a snarky comments instead of doing a little bit of research,then go ahead let”s see how far will that bring you

    • madman says:

      I honestly don’t understand what you want to be changed here. Both Serbian and Croatian are already listed. You write that you don’t see why Croatian was added, yet in an earlier comment you acknowledge that his mother is part Croatian.

      • Joe says:

        I was just trying to explain that it is not that simple to put just one ethnicity on his mother side since it is obvious that she has more than one . But I do understand the confusion that I caused now and I do apologise . My question is- Is it enough to write just Croatian part or should one go more into details

        • madman says:

          Well, it depends. How much detail do you have? From the previous exchanges, it seems like the only thing that’s certain about his mother is that she’s part Croatian. Nowhere in the profile does the text imply that his mother is only Croatian. What changes could be made that would be a major improvement to the profile?

  3. Joe says:

    Since we already established that his ethnicity is Serbian (eventhough nobody wrote that his father is of Serbian descent), I do not see any reason why was this croatian part added, especially since his mother was of mixed ethnicity and her religion is orthodox

    • Oaken05 says:

      You really seem to be bent out of shaped about this. lol His mother’s ethnicity – fortunately – doesn’t depend on how you and your agenda feel about it. That’s your own personal problem you have to deal with.


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