Originally Posted by Amber Spyglass
- As little was talented in tennis, and to kill me, I do not know how he got it. No one in the family is an exceptional athlete. His father, Srdjan, and uncle Goran skiers were terrible, but all recreational.
I knew they were not that talented athletes but somehow this part and the fact it's from their father crack me up.
However, remember that Jelena Genchi noted Nole even when he was five. I saw him that tossed the ball over the net and immediately said Srdjan: "This small to bring the training is a great potential" - began to talk of "Hello!" Vladimir antiques.
Well, then followed "Sweet Trouble" for his grandfather Djokovic. Every day at least once and sometimes several times, the grandson of the handle and with the Banjica Partizanove tennis courts near Helena.
- Believe me, every day we went bogovetni. His parents were at that time had a pancake in Kopaonik, and could not be with him in Belgrade, where he went to school, and to guide the training. However, I saw that he really cared to train and because I was not so hard to lead him to a tennis lesson. I was his support in everything. I gave him the money when needed, but Nole has not forgotten. Today we returned several times - honest, Vladimir, adding that Nole was exemplary on and off the court, in school and society.
Love to read how devoted he was to tennis in his childhood.
Nole is beautiful to me
Oldest member of the Djokovic family we tried to find out to whom the Nole Charmer.
- You know what, I do not say, but people say it is nice to me and likes to joke as I do. So if you say - I do not mind - the laughs we have at the end of the talks Vladimir discovered.[/I]
I think in the last bit they're suggesting Nole get's his charm from Vladimir
I will take him at his word.
Djokovic clan prepares succession
by Loïc TREGOURES (via Google translator)
Meeting in Belgrade with Srdjan Djokovic, Novak's father, the leader of the Serbian team of Davis Cup. It helps to structure his son's tennis in Serbia, among others through an academy scheduled to open its doors in 2011.
Srdjan Djokovic, Novak how your son feels he is the event that the Davis Cup final against France?
S. D. : Novak has always had a strong personality. We are a family of athletes. He loves the competition since he was little. He skied a lot with us, but he has more right now because of the risks to its knees. When he started playing tennis at the club Partizan, he wanted to be the best. It is an example for all young people of Serbia. Novak is light at the end of the tunnel to the courts in Serbia. He is aware of this role model and as an ambassador for his country, and takes it very seriously.
What about the proposed tennis academy that he wanted to develop?
S. D. : The construction of the academy is about to start, work should be completed by July, and it will open in September. We have fallen behind because we abandoned our initial idea of the academy in the city of Kragujevac. Despite the support of the mayor, some political structure wanted to get involved and benefit from our efforts, so we all stopped. The purpose of the Academy is to create a single structure in the region that enables talented young Serbian, but also around the world, able to train under optimum conditions without being forced to move far from home, as Novak had to do in Florida. The academy can therefore link our passion for sport with the business.
Specifically, how will this academy does it work?
S. D. : There will be a capacity of thirty rooms that can accommodate fifty young. There will be a spa, pool, excellent facilities. We want to reserve about half the seats for young talents in Serbia. For the rest, I must say there are a lot of interest from Russia because today most of their players must go to Spain to train.
Are you receiving assistance from the tennis federation for this project?
S. D. No, it does not afford. This is not love us, but we have a professional relationship. In France, in your system, when a young talent is spotted, it is supported by your federation, we take care of him from A to Z. I greatly admire your system, and besides, I do not understand why you still do not champion. Here is not lack of money. The tennis exploded three years ago thanks to the exploits of my son but Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. The problem is that the structures are absent. So, young people are alone and must leave the country if they want change. It is this problem that we want a solution with the Academy Djokovic. The challenge is that the Serbian tennis continues to produce champions, even after the retirement of Novak and Jelena.
The Serbian Open returns there in the strategy to sustain tennis in Serbia?
S. D. : Absolutely. The Serbian Open in Belgrade is an initiative 100% Djokovic. We have a little trouble bringing in prestigious players because we are a new tournament, but the friendships and the prestige of Novak helps a lot. This year, Richard Gasquet came by example. The tournament has gone on solid ground because our company is on solid ground. Our company is Family Sport. We manage the tennis academy, the Serbian Open, we distribute brands Head and Sergio Tacchini for all of Southeast Europe. We also have a café and two restaurants, with plans to open others in Serbia and Europe, including Vienna.
"Next year in the finals, it will not be a haircut," said Janko Tipsarevic. "Next year we'll pierce something, or maybe a tattoo."
By the end of his career, Novak Djokovic could be a tattooed skinhead with nose, ear and eyebrow piercings, if he continues in his current vein. The fact that the world No. 3 hailed the triumph as the greatest moment of his career speaks volumes of his attitude to his nation and the team competition.