Novak Djokovic & Jelena Ristic: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Now that Wimbledon is over, Novak Djokovic and his pregnant fiancee, Jelena Ristic, will finally tie the knot.

The tennis champ will make it official with his longtime love, who is frequently spotted on tennis stadium sidelines, cheering on her man.

Here’s what you have to know about the couple.

1. They Are High School Sweethearts

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The adorable pair has been dating since 2005.
According to People, they met in high school in Belgrade and have been together ever since.

They were engaged in September of 2013, which was soon after he won the runner-up title at the US Open.

According to the Daily Mail, the tennis star popped the question in a helicopter to the luxury Couvent des Minimes hotel in Provence, France.

Djokovic shared the engagement news via Twitter:

His future wife returned the sentiment with a tweet saying, “‘Thank you all for wonderful wishes! #lucky #blessed #happy.”

2. He Dedicated His Wimbledon Win to Her & Their Unborn Son

After beating out Roger Federer over five sets, he won the title of Wimbledon champion, and was sure to mention his family in the post game interview.

“If you have time, I would like to dedicate this to my future wife and our future baby,” he gushed.

Ristic was watching the game from home, as evidenced by her tweet:

3. They Run a Charity

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At the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which Djokovic founded in 2007, Ristic serves as the chief executive officer.

The foundation works with underprivileged children in the pair’s native Serbia.

The organization’s website describes their mission as being: 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.

4. They’re Having a Destination Wedding in Montenegro

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On July 10, the pair will say “I Do,” in a ceremony where security is a priority.

The NY Post reported that the location of the wedding is likely to be Aman’s Villa Miločer, which was, at one time, the summer residence of Montenegro’s Queen Marya and Tito.

Although it’s not confirmed, some of the guests expected to be in attendance are Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Nenad Zimonjic, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova.

Tennis X reported that all their gifts will be given to the Novak Djokovic foundation.

5. They Support Each Other

When they started dating, it wasn’t easy, since he was an aspiring tennis player and she was a poor student.

In an interview with PTC, she said:

Us getting together was like science fiction almost. I was a student barely getting by, and he was a very young tennis player who also had no money to spare on expensive trips. Airplanes were, at the time, something utterly out of our reach. We contrived and devised these plans how to meet, how to make our relationship work.

Ristic gushed at how their support system works both ways.
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.

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