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Could newly minted Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic be the first of three Djokovics who will make a career out of playing tennis?
It's a possibility.
Djokovic, who also will be the new world No. 1 Monday morning, has two younger brothers -- 19-year-old Marko and Djordje, who turns 16 later this month.
"They're playing tennis, as well," Djokovic, 24, said. "Whenever there is an opportunity, if they can come to watch me play live, they use it. I love to have them around. I love their support. I understand the road that they're going on now. I understand the feelings that they have. It's the same thing that I've been through."
At this tournament his most frequent practice partner has been Marko.
"I played with my brother the last five, six days every day, days between the matches, with the older brother," Djokovic said.
No one was more excited for Djokovic than Marko after the elder brother fulfilled his dream of winning at Wimbledon. Heading out with his tuxedo for the Wimbledon Ball on Sunday night, Marko took a little credit for his brother's success.
"I was his lucky charm," Marko said, smiling. "I was practicing every day. I was his practice person at Australian Open when he won in 2008, his first Grand Slam. So now I'll probably go to the U.S. Open."
A mother's pride
Djokovic's mother, Dijana, was heading to the exit at Wimbledon, and as she walked, she kept putting her hands over her eyes as she fought back tears. Novak, who spent his childhood in civil war-torn Serbia, has become the best tennis player in the world.
Djokovic, also a two-time Australian Open champion, has a 48-1 record this year. He's won eight of nine tournaments, losing only at the French Open.
It appeared to be all too overwhelming for Dijana, but she managed to get her feelings across.
Wiping away tears, she told espnW, "I am very excited. I'm very happy. I am the most happiest mother in the world. You know, his dream is our dream also."
Royal Box headliners
Wimbledon is unique in many ways. One example is the keen interest in which famous people make the Royal Box cut during the fortnight. This year, the list seemed particularly star-studded.
Royal Box hosts:
Among the royals making the scene were: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- William and Kate to most; William's stepmum, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (former hubby of Fergie) and his daughter, Princess Beatrice of York (who wore the much-talked-about hat at the Royal Wedding); and Prince Frederik of Denmark, who arrived three days after Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki had lost.
Royal Box guests:
• Celebrities: actress Anne Hathaway, actor Michael Caine, actor Robert Redford, singer Diana Ross, singer Cliff Richard, TV personality David Frost and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
• Politicians: Serbian President Boris Tadic and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
• Golfers: Rory McIlroy, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els and Gary Player.
• Formula One driver: Jenson Button.
• Tennis Players: Bjorn Borg, Manuel Santana, Stan Smith, Slobodan Zivojinovic (current president of the Serbian Tennis Federation), John Newcombe, Ilie Nastase, Budge Patty, Richard Krajicek, Michael Stich, Fred Stolle, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Jana Novotna, Virginia Wade, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo and Maria Bueno.
This daily column from Wimbledon was appropriately named "Strawberries and Cream" after the dessert that is most associated with The Championships. Strawberries are so much a symbol of Wimbledon that many of the gifts at the Wimbledon shop are adorned with strawberries, from socks to purses to teacups.
So how many strawberries are consumed during the Wimbledon fortnight? Wimbledon keeps a record of such important things each year. This year, there were 120,000 portions of tasty strawberries purchased -- buyers gets to choose whether they want to add the calories of cream or eat their fruit naked.
But if you think all is just peachy keen when it comes to strawberries at Wimbledon, think again. There appears to be the constant fear that the amount of strawberries -- 10 or 11 per portion -- is considered skimpy. In the media dining room, for instance, where already portioned bowls of strawberries are on sale for 2 pounds, 35 pence, there is a warning sign at the refrigerated area where they're showcased.
"Strawberries in each bowl are pre-counted and priced accordingly. Therefore, please do not supplement this amount."
And that's the way it was at Wimbledon 2011.