The Wall Where Djokovic Hit His First Ball

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See where the No. 2-ranked tennis player in the world got his start.

Jan 29, 2014 | 03:14 PM

Novak Djokovic has been mastering his tennis game for over two decades, and now his fans can finally see where he got his humble start. He recently shared a picture of a dilapidated wall from his current trip to Serbia with the quote: “Back to the wall where i hit my first tennis balls as a kid. It's destroyed by bombs but still there… #grateful #Serbia”

Novak first began playing tennis in 1991, when he was four years old. According to his website, he was invited to play at a local tennis camp when coach Jelena Gencic saw him watching from afar. The rest as they say, is history.

Jelena said, “I knew he would become a champion. It was crystal clear to me. He was focused, conscientious, and above all, talented.”

It’s pretty clear to us, too! And we’re excited to see him renew his long-standing rivalry with Roger Federer at the Dubai Tennis Championship next month.


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