Novak Djokovic is known to be passionate about cultures and languages. Since he travels worldwide, he tries to understand different traditions and beliefs. Djokovic has a keen interest in learning and speaks 11 languages. Along with the languages, he ardently follows religious practices at home. Off the court, Djokovic has his schedule and habits.
The Serbian has been raised in an orthodox Christian family. He celebrated Saint Michael Archangel Day, a celebration known as Slava. The people of Serbia pay their respect to the family’s patron saint. Djokovic posted pictures of the festivities on his official Instagram handle.
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The post had pictures of the feast and also of a holy mountain. Djokovic wished his fans and loved ones Saint Michael Archangel Day. He is an ardent follower of Christianity but considers himself open-minded.
Novak Djokovic on Hinduism and yoga
There were questions about Novak Djokovic following Hinduism. In an X post back in 2018, Djokovic posted pictures with his kids. Fans noticed a portrait of Hindu God Lord Krishna on the wall at his house. The world No.1 has been open about practicing yoga and meditation. His wife, Jelena Djokovic, introduced yoga to him. Even now, Djokovic practices breathing exercises and sun salutations.
The 36-year-old had a successful comeback after an elbow injury in 2018 due to yoga. He dedicates 15 minutes every day to mindfulness meditation. It helps Djokovic maintain a healthy state of mind. His physical and mental abilities have helped him achieve dominance on the court.
Novak Djokovic on being an Orthodox Christian
It is familiar to fans how firm Djokovic is in his beliefs. His habits and values come first, more than anything. Djokovic has mentioned in the past about his principles, which is more valuable than the titles and records he has in tennis. As much as he respects other faiths and beliefs, he always wears a wooden cross around his neck. He and Jelena pray together during his matches.
In 2011, the Serbian Orthodox Church bestowed the Order of Saint Sava upon the 24-time Grand Slam champion, believed to be the highest honor one can receive from the Church. He said, “This is the most important title of my life, because before being an athlete, I am an Orthodox Christian.” Receiving the title was an honor for Djokovic.
Novak Đoković je donirao 20.000 eura za decu rudara, a akciji se pridružio i Patrijarh Porfirije koji je u ime SPC donirao isti iznos od 20.000 eura. Večeras njih dvojica zajedno, na predstavi Brod plovi za decu rudara❤🙏 pic.twitter.com/vtvA3h5NL2
— @Istorija&gastronomija (@DijanaV) June 3, 2022
In 2012, he was honored by the Russian Orthodox Church for “Outstanding Activity in Strengthening Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations and for Consolidation and Promotion of Christian Values in the Life of Society.” These values have helped him since childhood in times of adversity.