Novak Djokovic: A Multilingual Tennis Star
By Joan Solsona
Updated: November 21, 2023 – 06:27 CET
Novak Djokovic, the renowned tennis player, possesses an impressive linguistic ability. He fluently speaks Serbian, English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish, which enables him to effectively communicate with his diverse international team on the ATP circuit.
Unlike most players who tend to surround themselves with compatriots, Djokovic has always sought a global perspective.
During the ATP Finals in Turn, Djokovic 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 individual responsible for managing his business affairs.
Goran 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.
Milan Amanovic, a Serbian member of Djokovic’s team, has remained loyal to the 24-time champion. Four years ago, Italian Marco Panichi took over Djokovic’s physical preparation, replacing Austrian Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.
In 2024, Italian Claudio Zimaglia will replace Argentine Uliss Badio as Djokovic’s physiotherapist. Additionally, British businessman Mark Madden has been seen accompanying Djokovic in his recent public appearances.
‘Nole’ immortalized his team twice. The first occasion was on Monday, November 20, to celebrate his season-ending number one ranking. The second was last Sunday, commemorating his seventh crown in the Masters tournament.
Currently, Djokovic has arrived in Malaga to prepare for the Davis Cup, the final major challenge of the season. He is accompanied by Carlos Gómez-Herrera and Milan Amanovic. Djokovic always surrounds himself with his trusted circle, which includes his middle brother Marko, an integral part of the Serbian team at Martín Carpena these days, who resides in Marbella.