If you take a peek at Novak Djokovic’s Twitter account, you can see that his schedule is filled up with charity, youth, and other tennis related promotional engagements. But he proved to be a good husband when he made time for his wife, Jelena Ristic, before Wimbledon 2016 started.
“Novak Djokovic is acclimatising to London with less than a week to go before the start of Wimbledon, posting pictures on social media of himself and wife Jelena on the London Underground,” reports the Telegraph UK. “The Serbian tennis star took to the District Line like a duck to water and both he and Jelena tweeted selfies with other passengers — though very few of the Londoners appear to have realised they were sharing their carriage with the men’s world No 1.”
Jelena Ristic is tagging along for the ride in the picture, showing that she is more than happy to be part of the magical journey that the Serbian player is experiencing.
This year, Novak has risen as the unrefuted world number one, winning both Australian Open and French Open. Now, he has twelve Grand Slam single titles, which means that he only has five to go before he catches up to the record that Roger Federer set.
If things go as they look, there is no other male player that can even start to challenge the Serb’s reign on court.
“I’m very proud, very thrilled, obviously,” he said to the New York Times after winning the French Open 2016 title. “But it’s hard for me to reflect on what has happened before and what’s going to happen after. I’m just so overwhelmed with having this trophy next to me that I’m just trying to enjoy this moment.”
While he is busily training to make the career slam this year, he has not forgotten about his wife Jelena Ristic, who has been with him from the very beginning of the journey. He often posts pictures with her on his Twitter account, showing that as the head of Novak Djokovic Foundation, Jelena is the ever supportive wife that the world number one can only dream of.
But he is not necessarily undefeatable in upcoming Wimbledon. In smaller ATP tournaments, Novako often gave way to other plays and lost his temper when things did not go his way.
At Rome this year, he lost to Andy Murray, who is his greatest challenger right now, in just two sets, 6-3, 6-3, and proceeded to complain about the conditions of the game.
“I didn’t ask him to postpone the match,” Novak said according to the Guardian. “I asked to have a little break where we would give a little time, maybe five more minutes, to people to arrange the court. The chair umpire knew that the forecast was good. There was not going to be any rain. I didn’t see any reason why we couldn’t stop.”
When talking about that moment, the Serbian said, “These kind of matches are important for both players,” according to the Guardian. “There is a lot at stake. When you play a rival, and of course you want to win, sometimes you get too emotional. I threw a racket, it bounced over the fence, and I got a warning instantly. So the chair umpire was on fire today. He really wanted to show his authority to me. So congratulations to him.”
Sounds like the world number one is used to getting his way!
The good thing is, things indeed have been going exactly the way he wanted to, which means that he has not had the opportunity to lose his dignity again. And if he did, Jelena Ristic would have been right there to help him cool down.
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