As in every fairy tale, the history of Monaco began a legend that says that the Italian pirate Francois Grimaldi Francesco 1297th The disguised as a monk to fraud entered the well-guarded fortress of Monaco. He opened the door to his pirate brethren in the bloody night was born the dynasty Grimaldi , which the government has more than 700 years. The turbulent history and mikrokneževine, but the vine Grimaldi has managed to survive. Zavaljujući smart, sadly recently deceased Prince Renier and his sense of marketing, Monaco is now tax oasis that attracts the rich and successful as a magnet. However, the Monte Carlo money is not the primary one, as it has in abundance, but peace, orderliness, the availability of the various necessities of luxury.
The tax haven known as Monte Carlo is certainly the most prestigious place on earth where you could find. In just two square miles of steep and rocky shores of the Mediterranean, there are people whose names I know almost everyone in the world. First on the list is, of course, Prince Albert Grimaldi , chiefs of the oldest ruling house in the world. The rest of the population consists of a Hollywood star, billionaire, supermodels, professional athletes ... In a word - the world's elite.
More than because of the history and natural beauty of the building, MOZZART Sport is the crystal coast came the Masters tennis tournament is traditionally held there every spring. Of course, the focus was our Novak Djokovic . Because of the competition already all know, we concentrated on the " vansportske activities . "Specifically, we were intrigued as the best player in the world spend their free time at his second home, so called Monte Carlo. Where he lives, who his local friends, where "drink coffee", lunch and training. Our interest is in the true sense of the word " Novak's Monte Carlo . "
Story on Novak's Monte Carlo told us Šove Erik , his longtime friend and neighbor, and to the terrace favorite Djokovic La Spjađa cafe, owned.
Novak and Eric were introduced six years ago just in the coffee shop and since then, as is our frequent guest when the Principality. Once Djokovic is dressed as a waiter in the cafe and usluživao guests. It was interesting to see facial expressions surprised guests when they realize that they serve someone who was at that time was already a superstar.
" Because of my involvement in tennis in the past, many players came and still come into my coffee. I am very close with Magnus Norman, Ivan Ljubicic and Ricardo Pjatijem. Novak was 18 when we were just Pjat met but then gave the impression of a mature man. It was clear that an extraordinary person and I was pleased that I had the opportunity to help him until accustomed to the new environment. The Monaco is almost impossible to buy an apartment and rented most of them, just like Djokovic. Novak first moved into a studio not far from my cafe. Even then it was in connection with Jelena, extraordinary girl, who was a mainstay of his career. They lived modestly in the bachelor, almost student life, not as many here who can get hold of money and the bragging right. Most people change when they become extremely successful, but Novak is just the way it was before the five or six years old when we met. A modest, open and friendly with everyone. So, for example, last year he asked me if I could have your countrymen, who came from Serbia and other countries that it would have looked at the tournament, prepare good food from my kitchen. Of course, at his expense, during the entire tournament! That you Novak ... He felt a great responsibility and it was not involved in the Masters. This is just one of his gestures that show how unselfish and generous . "
In addition to Novak , in La Spjađi, which is proudly displayed Serbian flag colors, often spend our compatriots. Thus, during the tournament there sat Bob Zivojinovic, Filip Zepter, Rambo Amadeus with the team and Vladimir Jugovic and his family. Of course, in La Spjađu coming Formula 1 drivers, actors, singers, and many prominent residents of Monte Carlo ...
" The famous French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is my personal friend , "proudly says Erik ..
Novak has recently changed and the apartment building, though he continued to rent the first apartment, where he lived when he moved to Monaco, so that his friends and team members have a place to stay.
" Now we can shout across the terrace " Erik tells a joke. "Finally, I wanted to mention that I was Novak 2010th brought to Belgrade, where I attended the Davis Cup matches. Can not say I was thrilled, and your people truly sorry that poor economic standing. But it will be better, I'm sure . "
Erik Šove we clarify the situation in the principality in
itself. " The story is slightly different from widespread to live here just legends and stars. In Monaco there are about 8000 monegasque (people born in Monaco) of almost 40,000. These people who come to give us work, live by them in some way. Not that they take from us but give us. There are about 120 nationalities. What attracts people to Monaco's climate, especially in the winter months. Italy is a 20 minute drive by car, there's more, if you want to be a skier, for 45 minutes you could be in a ski resort in the Alps. All in all, life here is truly cosmopolitan . "
Novak and his longtime girlfriend Jelena Monaco considered their base. Novakova building is located immediately above the town beach, a Monte Carlo Tennis Club, whose grounds every day practicing, is only five minutes away. But if you bothered to turn on the car, you and a special elevator that goes through the mountain ... Traffic jams are commonplace here, and you are advised to use public transport. Especially in the days of the tournament.
Novak rarely leaves the Monte Carlo when it's there. Sometimes go to Milan on a football game because Rosoneri fan, and a great friend of Zlatan Ibrahimovic . Business professional tennis player is linked with the frequent and lengthy trips, accommodating in hotels ... Simply, one can get enough of. In this cosmopolitan city famous people can live without "fuss" of fans, including our as. Often you can see how spending time with friends on the beach front in La Spjađe or evening walks his pet Pierre .
It was on the beach sometimes and trains, so this rather cold and went into the sea in April, although the temperature was about 13 degrees Fahrenheit. On one occasion he even takes a special train riding stationary bike, you can see in the photograph on the third side of the story.
Otherwise, he and his conditioning coach Austrian Gebhart Fil-Grič use the natural advantages of Monte Carlo in full. In addition to training in water often ride bikes and run around the surrounding mountains, or the slopes of the Alps.
This actually ends with our walk by Novak's Monte Carlo. Hectic schedule of the world's best players white sport has taken him to his hometown, and after that moves slowly toward a new, great goal - Roland Garros.