He dedicated his Wimbledon win on Sunday to his “future wife” and their expected child – and then tennis player Novak Djokovic carried his reclaimed No. 1 ranking straight into festivities for his wedding to fiancée Jelena Ristic.
According to reports, the seven-time Grand Slam title winner and his high school sweetheart, both natives of Serbia, married Thursday in neighboring Montenegro.
The couple wed in a civil ceremony in the Aman St. Stefan resort, a picturesque coastal village with cobbled lanes and lovely views of the Adriatic.
About 100 guests attended the event, which took place outdoors. The couple married in a gazebo surrounded by pine trees.
Since Sunday, the resort’s celebrated Queen’s Beach has been off-limits while marquees and tents have been constructed. Local reports say the couple will occupy Aman’s most expensive villa, No. 118, which costs $4,000 per night. The two-level apartment has previously hosted guests including Claudia Schiffer, Princess Margaret, Carla Bruni and Elizabeth Taylor.
Djokovic and Ristic, who runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation for underprivileged children, arrived in the region by private jet on Tuesday evening. His parents Srdan and Dijana also arrived at the same time.
Asked by the Serbian daily BLIC whether she had given her son any wedding advice, his mother smiled as she replied, “Of course, but I cannot tell you. It will remain in the family.”
A church wedding for Djokovic and Ristic, who announced their engagement in September, is scheduled for Saturday.
“A lot of great moments are coming: the wedding, becoming a father in a few months,” Djokovic, 27, told reporters after his Wimbledon win, his second, explaining that he would “close this chapter of tennis for a little while.”
“I’m going to enjoy spending time with my family and my future wife,” he said.