Secrecy shrouded the tennis wedding of the year
as Novak Djokovic married his fiancee Jelena Ristic in a private
ceremony in an Adriatic island resort in Montenegro, just four days
after he beat Roger Federer to win his second Wimbledon singles title.
Staff at the upmarket resort of Sveti Stefan
near Podgroica on the Adriatic coast, reportedly had to sign
confidentiality agreements before working at the wedding celebrations
attended by selected tennis guests as well friends and family, including
Djokovic's tennis playing brothers Marko and Djorde.
The resort, picturesquely set on a small island
linked to the coast by a causeway, had been closed to the paying public
for several days prior to the wedding. According to some reports the
couple agreed to sell the photographic rights of the ceremony and
celebrations but the proceeds will go to Djokovic's charitable
The guest list included Maria Sharapova, Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda and his
wife, Boris Becker, the former champion who coached Djokovic to his triumph at
the All England Club on Sunday, had arrived a day earlier with his wife, while
other tennis names at the event were Serbian Davis Cup team team-mates Janko
Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, and Nenad Zimonjic.
There was apparently no sign of former Wimbledon
champion Andy Murray who, according to some reports, had been asked to
stand as best man to the world no.1.
Djokovic is understood to have changed the date
of the wedding from the proposed June 14 so he could concentrate on
winning Wimbledon after suffering the disappointment of losing the
French Open final against Rafael Nadal.
After defeating Federer in Sunday's thrilling
five-set final Djokovic maintained he was closing 'single' chapter of
his life and precedence now would be “spending time with my family and
my future wife.” The new champion dedicated the win to his now wife and
their impending child future baby along with his childhood coach Jelena
Gencic who died last year.
The couple has been an item for more than eight
years. The baby is reported to be due in October.
Rustic has long been a major supporter of child
welfare causes. The civil ceremony is due to be followed by a religious
one on Saturday.
To insure privacy for the wedding, Djokovic
reportedly rented out the entire resort and had public beach access
around the wedding venue restricted. Serbia media put the costs of the
ceremony at up to $500,000.