World top-ranked tennis star Novak Djokovic dedicated his second Wimbledon title to his “future wife” and their expected child last Sunday afternoon.
He then headed straight to his wedding festivities and tied the knot with fiancée Jelena Ristic, his high school sweetheart, at a resort on the Adriatic!
There was reportedly a tight lockdown around the upscale event in Montenegro, which had been a topic of great interest in the days leading up to the nuptials.
Employees, waiters and staff had to sign confidentiality agreements; Djokovic and Ristic sold the photos to their wedding, but donated all proceeds to charity.
Among the confirmed attendees were Djokovic’s coach and fellow tennis great Boris Becker, Davis Cup teammate Janko Tipsarevic and his brother Marko.
Previous reports that Andy Murray, one of Novak’s top rivals on the professional tennis circuit, would serve as Djokovic’s best man went unconfirmed.
After defeating Roger Federer in a five-set classic in England, Djokovic told reporters he was closing this chapter of his life and taking time off.
He looked forward, he said, to “spending time with my family and my future wife.” He dedicated the win to Jelena Ristic and their “future baby.”
The couple, both 27 and natives of Serbia, have been an item for nearly 10 years now. Jelena is expecting their first child later in 2014.
Djokovic and Ristic, who runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation for underprivileged children, arrived in the region by private jet on Tuesday evening.
Congratulations to the happy couple!