Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and started playing tennis at the age of four. Today, the 29-year-old is considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. At such a young age, his glowing achievements in professional lawn tennis has already charted a remarkable playing career that is the envy of many players his age.
Born to SrÄ‘an and Dijana, the young tennis prodigy’s journey in becoming one of the world’s best started when he was spotted by Yugoslav tennis player Jelena GenÄiÄ‡ at the age of six, so she honed and mentored him since then. The young talent moved to PiliÄ‡ tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany to advance his skills and by 14, his international career started, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition. Among his victories are 10 Grand Slam singles titles, only the sixth male player to win three Grand Slams in a year, and the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 181 weeks. He has also won three Wimbledon titles, two US Open titles, and the Open Era record five Australian Open titles. Novac holds the best match winning rate (83.82percent) on hard courts and has won 26 Masters 1000 series titles, breaking a single-season record with six titles in 2015. He is also the first Serbian player to rank No. 1 for more than 100 weeks and serves his country proud to be the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Today, his legacy in global tennis is already cemented, and there’s no sign that he is about to stop, his hard work and passion for tennis motivating him to achieve more. Currently the global endorser for Seiko, Djokovic’s timepiece is a subtle showcase of his successes. Like an extension of the champion athlete’s character, Seiko’s Prospex line of watches is a modest, unassuming yet glittering expression of who he is. The Seiko Prospex line delivers precise timekeeping reliability even in the most diverse and unfavorable conditions because it is built to perform and last a long time.
With his current stature and influence, Djokovic also dedicates himself to good causes, having founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation, an institution that helps children from disadvantaged communities by propelling them to develop and progress in life. He was also recently appointed last year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to promote early child education in Serbia.