espnW: Novak Djokovic
Looks like Novak Djokovic can add another title next to “seven-time Grand Slam champ” on his resume. The top-ranked tennis star became a father on Wednesday morning when his wife, Jelena, gave birth to a son named Stefan. He seemed understandably thrilled when he shared the news on Twitter.
Stefan, our baby angel was born! I am so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 22, 2014
No word yet if pal Andy Murray scored the coveted godfather role. According to his website, Djokovic will take a few days off to spend time with his family before heading to Paris for the BNP Paribas Masters. Let’s hope the time at home results in lots of pictures and updates about his newborn son on his social media accounts. Baby Stefan picture watch, commence!
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The 2014 tennis season is officially underway as the Brisbane International opened yesterday in Australia. The hard-court tournament is used by many of the WTA and ATP’s top players as a warm-up for January’s Australian Open. Serena Williams and Andy Murray won the 2013 Brisbane singles titles. Although they both had successful seasons, neither went on to win the year’s first Grand Slam event in Melbourne. In fact, no woman or man has ever won the Brisbane Open and the Australian Open in the same year. Perhaps two-time defending Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka should keep that in mind as she takes the court in Brisbane. Three-time defending men’s champ Novak Djokovic is interestingly not playing in Brisbane.
We’ll be going around the world in 80 days when the 2014 Australian Open begins on Jan. 13 in Melbourne. A year ago, the tournament went by the book when the top seeds took home the trophy in the men’s singles and doubles and women’s singles and doubles. Novak Djokovic won his sixth and most recent Grand Slam title Down Under a year ago by beating Andy Murray. In all, the Serb has won four of his major titles in Melbourne. On the women’s side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Li Na in the final to claim her second Grand Slam title and her second Australian Open crown. In men’s doubles, top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan became the most decorated doubles team in history when they won their 13th major title. They added two more in 2013 – at the French Open and Wimbledon. In women’s doubles, top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won their lone major of the year. In mixed doubles, the unseeded Australian duo of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden threw in the plot’s lone twist when they claimed the trophy.
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