Novak Djokovic: The Multilingual Tennis Star
Novak Djokovic, the world-renowned tennis player, possesses an impressive linguistic ability. Fluent in Serbian, English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish, Djokovic’s language skills have proven invaluable in communicating with his diverse team, which is considered one of the most international on the ATP circuit.
While many players tend to surround themselves with compatriots, Djokovic has always sought a broader perspective. During the ATP Finals in Turin, he was accompanied by a team consisting of his two coaches, Goran Ivanisevic and Carlos Gómez-Herrera, his two physiotherapists Milan Amanovic and Claudio Zimaglia, his physical trainer Marco Panichi, and Mark Madden, the man responsible for his business affairs.
Ivanisevic, a former Croatian tennis player, joined Djokovic’s team as a coach in 2019. Marbell Gómez-Herrera, who had been Djokovic’s sparring partner for many years, also serves as a coach after retiring from professional tennis at the end of last season.
Amanovic, a Serbian member of the team, has remained loyal to the 24-time champion. Four years ago, the Italian Panichi took over Djokovic’s physical preparation, replacing the Austrian Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.
In 2024, the Italian Zimaglia will replace the Argentine Uliss Badio as the team’s physiotherapist. Additionally, Djokovic has recently been accompanied by the British businessman, Madden, during his public appearances.
‘Nole,’ as Djokovic is affectionately known, celebrated his achievements with his team members in Turin. The first celebration took place on Monday, November 20, to commemorate his season-ending number one ranking. The second celebration occurred last Sunday, following his seventh victory in the Masters tournament.
Currently, Djokovic has arrived in Malaga to prepare for the Davis Cup, the final major challenge of the year. He is accompanied by Carlos Gómez-Herrera and Milan Amanovic, as he always surrounds himself with his trusted circle. His middle brother, Marko, who resides in Marbella, will also play a crucial role as part of the Serbian team at Martín Carpena in the coming days.
First Training Session
With no time to waste, Djokovic will hit the training courts this afternoon for his initial practice session in preparation for the upcoming tournament.