Like many future stars, Djokovic began playing tennis from an early age and was spotted when he was 6 years old by Jelena Gencic, a Yugoslav tennis player. She worked with him until age 12, when he moved to Germany. He began playing international tennis at the age of 14, and his professional tennis career began in 2003 primarily in the Futures and Challenger tournaments. He did not play his first Grand Slam event until 2005, and it was an unhappy experience, as he lost to Marat Safin (the eventual winner) in the first round.
Rise to Prominence
It didn’t take long for Djokovic to find his feet in the professional ranks, however, and by the end of 2006, he was ranked in the world’s top 40 players, having reached the quarterfinal of the French Open. By the end of 2007, he was in the world’s top 10, having reached the U.S. Open final only to lose to Roger Federer. Yet this only served to make Djokovic more determined, and he broke his Grand Slam duck in the very next event at the 2008 Australian Open.
Cementing His Status
Injury marred the end of his incredible 2011 season, but Djokovic stormed back with his third Australian Open title and had an opportunity to hold all four slams at once before losing to Nadal in the 2012 French Open final. Djokovic briefly lost his Number 1 status but regained it by the end of the season and won his fourth Australian Open title in 2013, which was his sixth Grand Slam overall. He was disappointed to lose the final at Wimbledon but did have the distinction of reaching 100 weeks at Number 1. His incredible Australian Open streak came to an end at the hands of Stan Wawrinka, but Djokovic has since won the 2014 Sony Open tennis tournament.
He is nicknamed “Djoker” because of his pleasant personality and willingness to appear on numerous chat shows on television. Djokovic is known as an extrovert and can also speak several languages, so he is deemed an ideal ambassador for the sport. He has been seen performing amusing impersonations of fellow male and female players and is also a philanthropist. After winning the 2014 Rome Masters, for example, he gave the $500,000 prize money to victims of the recent southeast European floods.
Djokovic still seems to have plenty of miles on the clock and is likely to remain a fixture at the top of the world rankings for many years to come. At the time of writing, he is ranked Number 2 in the world.
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