Podgorica (Montenegro): After winning his second Wimbledon title, world number one Novak Djokovic was expected in the tiny Adriatic republic of Montenegro yesterday where he will tie the knot.
Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic
Djokovic and longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic are due to wed in the luxurious Adriatic resort of Sveti Stefan today in a closed ceremony, local media reported.
Asked by AFP, a Djokovic family spokesperson said only that a statement would be sent to the media, without revealing any details.
AFP reporters at the scene said Sveti Stefan, as well as the nearby upmarket Kraljicina beach — where the wedding banquet would be held — were closed off for public by discreet but efficient security, to prevent possible intruders or paparazzi.
Belgrade daily Blic reported that employees at the Sveti Stefan resort have signed a written pledge not to disclose any details relating to the wedding.
They are also forbidden from bringing any cameras or mobile phones to the islet, connected with the mainland by a stony strip which gives it the impression of being a peninsula.
Montenegrin media reported that Djokovic's coaches Boris Becker and Marjan Vajda, as well as several tennis players — among them Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray — would attend
Djokovic, who dedicated his Wimbledon title to his future wife and a child, said he would "now close a tennis chapter for a while."
"A lot of great moments are ahead of me: marriage, becoming a father in a few months... I am going to enjoy."