Tennis star Novak Djokovic announces engagement to his girlfriend
Novak Djokovic
Reuters

World’s top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic via social media on Wednesday.
“Meet my fiance (sic) and future wife,” Djokovic, 26, said in a tweet that linked to a photo of the Serbian-born tennis star being kissed by his fiancee, also a Serb. “So happy! Thank you for the wonderful wishes #NoleFam and friends!”
Ristic is well known to the tennis fans as a fashionable and cheerful presence during Djokovic’s matches and she is also the director of his charitable foundation.
Djokovic became a top-10 player on the ATP tour in 2007 but was overshadowed for several years by Roger Federer, the so-called Swiss Maestro, considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, and Spanish Rafael Nadal.
But in 2011 Djokovic surged past both men to claim the No. 1 ranking by putting together one of the best seasons in the sport’s modern era, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and losing only six matches.
Though Federer briefly reclaimed the No. 1 spot after winning Wimbledon in 2012, Djokovic held it for most of the past two years.
Earlier this month he lost against Nadal in the finals of the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who credits his rise to the tennis top partly thanks to a gluten-free diet, in August released an autobiographical book about his nutrition and training regime, titled “Serve to win.”

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