The tennis world is a buzz with news that the pro and his fiancee are tying the knot on July 9 in Montenegro.
Learn more about this beautiful philanthropist who steals the show from the sidelines, and her big news with the world.
1. They Announced the Baby on Twitter
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) April 24, 2014
On April 24, Djokovic made the announcement on his Twitter account.
“Jelena is pregnant!!!We will be parents soon! #blessed,” tweeted Djokovic, the world’s No. 2 singles player.
Ristic will be six months pregnant on the day of her nuptials, and according to the Epoch Times, they are expecting a little boy.
It seems that because of her pregnancy, she skipped out on attendance at Wimbledon, tweeting:
— Jelena Ristic (@JelenaRisticNDF) June 30, 2014
Prior to this, she was usually seen on the sidelines, cheering on her man.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, she talked about watching his matches:
You can get very passionate when watching your boyfriend from the players’ box. We just want them to be happy. You don’t want to see them in pain. If they are not happy, neither are you…But I have to be careful as I don’t want to get too emotional and distract Novak. It’s about what the guys want. We don’t want them to see us get emotional. When I’m at home watching him on the TV, I get even more passionate because I know the cameras aren’t on me.
2. She Runs a Foundation to Help Needy Children
Ristic is the Chief Executive Officer of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, established in 2007.
Her fiance founded the organization to help disadvantaged children. In May, Ristic earned an award for her work with young people in Serbia.
According to the foundation’s About Us page:
NDF is the humanitarian foundation, founded by Novak Djokovic in 2007, with a goal to create a lasting change in the lives of children in need in Serbia. Our work takes us to socially underprivileged communities in Serbia, where we help children and respectively their families, to help themselves. We try to give them hope for future, offer them means and ways to get on the right path where they themselves can make a change in their life. Our motto is: BELIEVE IN THEIR DREAMS.
Novak Djokovic Foundation believes that by supporting young children, we can change humanity for the better. Thanks to generous help of our donors, partners, friends and volunteers, NDF is successfully helping improve the lives of children in Serbia.
Jelena Ristic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She went to Sports high school in Belgrade, after which she moved to Italy, where she graduated in Business Administration studies at Bocconi University in Milan. In 2011, she got her Master degree in Luxury Management and Services from International University of Monaco.
Jelena has always been very ambitious, and today her ambition is to make sure that pre-school education is available for every child.
3. They Were Teenage Sweethearts
Djokovic, 26, and Ristic, 27, have been dating since 2005.
They were engaged in Monte Carlo in September of 2013, which was soon after he won runner-up in the US Open.
As with the pregnancy news, he used social media to announce his engagement.
At the time, he tweeted:
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 25, 2013
In February, The Association of Tennis Professionals reported that the pro was on a Serbian talk show and said, “Jelena, enjoy it while you can. In a couple of months you will be changing your last name to Djokovic.”
In 2010, during the US Open, announcer Brad Gilbert asked the tennis player in the video above, “How nice was it to get a little bit of shade here in the fifth set? Did that help give you a little bit of energy?
“Oh my God, it was like, I don’t know, like sleeping with my girlfriend I guess, kind of feeling”
4. She’s Been a Swimwear Model
Last year, Ristic posed in some tasteful swimsuit shots for Figleaves, a lingerie and swimwear brand.
5. She’s a Ph.D. Candidate
According to Celebritynetworth.com, Ristic is pursuing a Ph.D. in management.
Her LinkedIn page show that she’s worked for the past three years as a digital marketing, branding and communications consultant.
The pair is supportive of one another’s careers and aspirations.
She told the Daily Mail, “The emotional support we give to each other is very important. It’s the same for me as well. He is very supportive and encouraging of the work that I do.”