Novak Djokovic, the current top-ranked tennis player in the world and the number one seed in Men’s Singles at the 2015 US Open, is center court in a film series that reveals the story behind the tennis star.
The US Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam event of 2015, starts in just four days, but you can learn more about Novak Djokovic — the Serbian pro about to compete for his third Grand Slam tournament win this year and his tenth since 2007 — right now.
Novak is the star of the Made By film series produced by Jacob’s Creek™, the official wine of the US Open, and the three unscripted and raw short films show a side of him that you probably haven’t seen before. As in the real Novak, recounting his never-before-told life stories from Belgrade, Serbia, which celebrate the people, places, and passions that have made him the tennis champion he is today.
Said Djokovic, “I hope by watching the films, people can truly get a sense of my personal journey. Creating the Made By film series has allowed me to share my story, in my own words, with the world.”
The Made By film series has three chapters — “Birthed from Serbia,” “Shaped by Jelena,” and “Inspired by Dreams” — which can be seen together in the video below.
In “Birthed from Serbia” Novak shares how his family kept him strong as he was being raised in war-torn Belgrade, Serbia. All of the hardships he faced during those times taught him about strength, resilience, and the importance of having a strong support network.
“Shaped by Jelena” details how Novak first met legendary tennis coach Jelena Gencic on the tennis courts near his parents’ restaurant. It was there that Jelena saw a five-year-old Novak hanging on the court fence, watching as she trained kids from the Belgrade tennis camp, and invited him in to have a hit. From that invitation to come and play, a tennis legend was born, and Jelena’s generosity, dedication, and commitment still shapes the way Novak plays tennis today.
And in “Inspired by Dreams” you see Novak passionately discuss his pivotal Grand Slam win at Wimbledon in 2011, the goal he had been aiming for since he first watched Pete Sampras win the tournament in 1993. It was this challenge that inspired Novak, as an aspiring tennis player, to make a replica Wimbledon trophy, which still sits in a prime position alongside his actual awards.
The films, as well as outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage, can be viewed online at the Jacob’s Creek website.