'More interesting': Novak Djokovic addresses nasty divorce rumours

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Novak and Jelena Djokovic watch on during a match at the Adria Tour. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic has rubbished ongoing rumours about his relationship with wife Jelena.

The World No.1 tennis player and his wife always seem to be at the centre of nasty claims they’re getting a divorce, and Djokovic is sick of it.

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Jelana hasn’t travelled with Djokovic to the Australian Open for a number of years, and she also sparked nasty rumours when she wasn’t in attendance at the 2019 Wimbledon final despite being in London.

In a recent interview with Blic Online, Djokovic opened up on the speculation about his marriage and slammed the rumours.

“I don’t read or follow the media,” Djokovic said.

“I understand that it is more interesting for people to read Nole and Jelena are getting divorced than Nole and Jelena are in love.

“But that doesn’t affect Jelena and me because we love each other.”

The Serbian star said he and Jelena are stronger than ever.

“Neither Jelena nor I am burdened with such formalities. We both experience our relationship by nurturing it every day, not neglecting what makes our love so strong,” he continued.

“It is important for every relationship that we understand things and that we do not neglect it.

“Business, private, love, family, marriage, I have dedicated everything important to us.”

Novak and Jelena have been married since 2014 and have two children together - Stefan, 5, and Tara, 2.

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena at the Adria Tour charity exhibition in Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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Earlier this year Jelena spoke out about the negative aspect of her husband’s fame and revealed why she’s stepped out of the limelight in recent years.

“At first, the experience does not alarm you because it can bring you some difficulties. We look at public figures and think that kind of publicity is okay,” she told Vesti in February.

"But as time goes on, you lack anonymity, you lack the privacy to be able to do whatever you like at any time, in any situation.

“I try to resist all these expectations to always be myself and for Novak to be able to be himself.”

Jelena revealed how she’s sick of being criticised over the way she looks.

"That is probably why I am being criticised by the public ‘why didn't I wear makeup’ or ‘why wasn't I always wearing heels’,” she said.

“But I decided that between the way I see and love myself and what the public expects, I choose not to disappoint myself.

"The development of technology and social networks have contributed to making the lives of public figures available at all times.

“I am aware that as a wife of a popular athlete I might be interesting for the tabloids, that is why I try not to give them much material to write about me.”