Monday, 14 July 2014

'It really was a perfect moment': Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic ties the knot with pregnant childhood sweetheart Jelena Ristic

Tennis champ Novak Djokovic says he 'couldn't ask for more' after tying the knot with his pregnant childhood sweetheart just days after winning the men's title at Wimbledon.
The 27-year-old Serbian-born sportsman exchanged vows with Jelena Ristic in the grounds of Montenegro's Aman Sveti Stefan resort on Thursday.
The bride - who is expecting their first child - wore a gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the designer of the Duchess Of Cambridge's wedding dress.
Love match: Novak Djokovic marries pregnant childhood sweetheart Jelena Ristic as they look forward to the birth of their first baby
Love match: Novak Djokovic marries pregnant childhood sweetheart Jelena Ristic as they look forward to the birth of their first baby
Djokovic told Hello!: 'Seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress, smiling and walking towards me - she looked like an angel.'
Djokovic told the magazine, which had the rights to the ceremony, 'I was trying to be
present in that moment and memorise it. I was focused on her, and her smile and our baby. It really was a perfect moment.'
Ristic said: 'I was very nervous and everything seemed a blur. I was seeing him through tears and immediately started crying when I saw him.
'I was just so happy and probably being pregnant makes it quite difficult to control the emotions. I am so blessed to have him in my life. I couldn't ask for a better partner than him.'
Famous faces: Tennis legend Boris Becker was pictured as he arrives in Montenegro for Novak Djokovic and his fiancée Jelena Ristic's wedding
Famous faces: Tennis legend Boris Becker was pictured as he arrives in Montenegro for Novak Djokovic and his fiancée Jelena Ristic's wedding
'The wedding was everything we hoped it would be. Our family and closest friends united in a beautiful setting in celebration of our love. It was truly emotional and unforgettable for us.'
The pair married on Thursday, just four days after Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final and dedicated his five-set victory - his second Wimbledon win - to his fiancee and 'our future baby'.
Djokovic told the magazine that marrying in the wake of his win made it even more special.
Ready to go: Boris is currently coaching the Wimbledon champion and may have some words of wisdom to share with Djokovic before the nuptials
Ready to go: Boris is currently coaching the Wimbledon champion and may have some words of wisdom to share with Djokovic before the nuptials

Never mind the weather: Boris was happy to walk around in just a polo shirt despite the light rain
Never mind the weather: Boris was happy to walk around in just a polo shirt despite the light rain
'I am marrying the woman I love and there is no better feeling than that,' he said. 'To win Wimbledon and to now be preparing for fatherhood - I couldn't ask for more.'

Novak's choice to postpone his wedding to concentrate on Wimbledon certainly paid off as he saw off Roger Federer in the final to pick up his second SW19 title.
But the couple were originally due to tie the knot on June 14 before Novak’s last minute decision meant they are now making up for lost time.
It seems like everything really is going to plan for the big day as the pair were sported smiling at their family members after their wedding rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon.

Smooth operation: It seems like everything really is going to plan for the big day as the pair were sported smiling at their family members after their wedding rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon
Smooth operation: It seems like everything really is going to plan for the big day as the pair were sported smiling at their family members after their wedding rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon

All-white: The pair looked ready to finally become man and wife as they were pictured putting on a truly relaxed display in Montenegro on Wednesday
All-white: The pair looked ready to finally become man and wife as they were pictured putting on a truly relaxed display in Montenegro on Wednesday





Dressed casually in tailored red shorts and a sky blue shirt, the Grand Slam number one was hugged by members of his security team as he and Jelena hopped into a vehicle at Tivat airport to be transported to their wedding venue.
Ditching tennis whites for the occasion, Jelena looked every inch the ethereal bride-to-be in a flowing chiffon printed maxi-dress.
The happy couple were transported to the site of their nuptials, the lavish esort of Sveti Stefan, where preparations appear to be well underway.
Family affair: Novak's younger brother, Djordje Djokovic, was pictured making his way to the rehearsal
Family affair: Novak's younger brother, Djordje Djokovic, was pictured making his way to the rehearsal
Fun in the sun: Djokovic's close friend, Tennis star Viktor Triocki, was spotted spending some time in the sea
Fun in the sun: Djokovic's close friend, Tennis star Viktor Triocki, was spotted spending some time in the sea

Here comes the... groom: Novak Djokovic arriving in Montenegro earlier this week ahead of his wedding to long-term love Jelena Ristic
Here comes the... groom: Novak Djokovic arriving in Montenegro earlier this week ahead of his wedding to long-term love Jelena Ristic
Plenty to smile about: Ditching tennis whites for the occasion, Jelena looked every inch the ethereal bride-to-be in a flowing chiffon printed maxi-dress
Fellow Serbian tennis champ Janko Tipsarević and his partner Biljana were spotted arriving on the picture perfect Adriatic island, a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts,  as they led the charge of sporting stars preparing to see the pair tie the knot.
Formerly an island, Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and features eight lavish suits, as well as 50 rooms and numerous cottages to house the couple's guests.
Also seen arriving was Miljan Amanovic, the tennis star's personal physio, and Novak's tennis player brother Marko.
Wedding bells! No doubt enjoying basking in his glory over Roger Federer on Sunday, the 27-year-old sportsman appeared happy and relaxed as he touched down in Montenegro with his wife-to-be as they prepare to tie the knot
Wedding bells! No doubt enjoying basking in his glory over Roger Federer on Sunday, the 27-year-old sportsman appeared happy and relaxed as he touched down in Montenegro with his wife-to-be as they prepare to tie the knot

The Serbian sportsman is believed to have changed his mind about his wedding at the last minute prior to the couple's planned June nuptials.
Guests such as Sarah Ferguson, Richard Branson, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and more were rumoured to be attending the ceremony but hopefully will have now rescheduled their plans.
The Serbian couple have been together for around eight years, and Jelena is often seen in the crowd cheering him on at major tournaments across the world.
Here come the guests: Fellow Serbian tennis player Janko Tipsarevic and his wife Biljana were spotted arriving at the wedding venue
Here come the guests: Fellow Serbian tennis player Janko Tipsarevic and his wife Biljana were spotted arriving at the wedding venue

Picture perfect: The couple tied the knot on Sveti Stefan, a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts, in the heart of the Adriatic
Picture perfect: The couple tied the knot on Sveti Stefan, a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts, in the heart of the Adriatic

Let's get the party started: Tipsarevic looked excited as he unloaded his luggage from his car
Let's get the party started: Tipsarevic looked excited as he unloaded his luggage from his car

She told the Daily Mail in July: ‘We are emotional partners. The emotional support we give to each other is very important.
‘It's the same for me as well. He is very supportive and encouraging of the work that I do.’
Djokovic felt Sunday's victory had been the best of his 14 grand slam finals but, as great as his tennis was, it was the 27-year-old's mental strength that really shone through.
Having won only one of his previous six grand slam finals and none of the last three, there could not have been a bigger test than having to come through a deciding set having served for victory in the fourth and seen a match point slip away.
Man with the magic hands: Also seen arriving was Miljan Amanovic, the tennis star's personal physio
Man with the magic hands: Also seen arriving was Miljan Amanovic, the tennis star's personal physio

Brotherly love: Novak's tennis player brother Marko Djokovic was, of course, on hand to witness the lavish nuptials
Brotherly love: Novak's tennis player brother Marko Djokovic was, of course, on hand to witness the lavish nuptials

But Djokovic kept believing and, after saving a break point in the seventh game, turned the match back in his favour to clinch a second Wimbledon title.
He said of his win: 'It wasn't about where I was but about what I went through in this moment. I took some time to refocus and forget about what happened in the fourth set, forget about the missed opportunities and move on.
Preparation: Men get the area ready at the luxurious resort of Sveti Stefan in Montenegro
Preparation: Men get the area ready at the luxurious resort of Sveti Stefan in Montenegro

Great view: The wedding party will certainly be relishing the chance to see the landscape from the roof top of the rustic building
Great view: The wedding party will certainly be relishing the chance to see the landscape from the roof top of the rustic building

'I had this positive encouragement to say to myself, and even though you go through different emotions during such an important match and there are times when you have doubts
'And especially after the fourth set the disappointment that brought with it the fear and all these different demons inside.
'When you start fighting them that's the biggest fight that you can have. That's what I experienced and I managed to have my conviction stronger than my doubts and managed to push myself the very last step to win the trophy.'
The full interview is in the new edition of Hello!, which is out now.
What a week: Winning Wimbledon was no doubt the best way for Djokovic to lead up to his wedding
What a week: Winning Wimbledon was no doubt the best way for Djokovic to lead up to his wedding

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