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Novak Djokovic Pops Question, Reportedly Engaged to Girlfriend Jelena Ristic

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Tennis Player Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic attend the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Central Hall Westminster on February 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 25, 2013

Thanks to reports from Serbia, fans of Novak Djokovic and his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic can exclaim, "Finally!"

In Serbia (h/t The Big Lead) reports the 26-year-old is now engaged to his lovely girlfriend, capping off a wonderful year on and off the court: "Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Television of Serbia) confirmed the news that world’s best tennis player Novak Djokovic and his girlfriend Jelena Ristic engaged two days ago in Monte Carlo, after eight years of relationship."

According to the report, Djokovic popped the question prior to a trip to Beijing, and he may have just decided to procure a very famous tennis star as his best man. 

Andy Murray's name was mentioned for the honor, but the report is careful to say all of this is mere speculation at the moment, including when and where the couple plan to marry. 

As for Djokovic, he tweeted out the following on Wednesday afternoon. 

The news caps off a wonderful moment in Djokovic's life, as he recently celebrated 100 weeks atop the tennis world, according to ATP World Tour

Let's just take a moment to congratulate tennis' dynamic duo. Djokovic time and again lives up to his moniker "Djoker," infusing the sport with passion as well as humor. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Tennis Player Novak Djokovic (R) and Jelena Ristic attend the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Central Hall Westminster on February 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)
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As for Ristic, she has become something of a fan favorite, happy to wear her emotions proudly for all to see during important matches. 

Recently, Tony Manfred of Business Insider rounded up some of the more hilarious images of Ristic rooting on her man. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29:  Jelena Ristic, girlfriend of Novak Djokovic of Serbia, watches Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's finals match during day fourteen of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Jelena Ristic, the girlfriend of Novak Djokovic of Serbia cheers during his Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn
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Little is known about Ristic outside of her passionate cheers from the stands. What we do know is that she is a driven individual who heads up the Novak Djokovic Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping "socially underprivileged" children and families from Djokovic's native Serbia.

According to the The Daily Mail, the two met in high school. While her boyfriend went off to become one of the more recognizable athletes in the world, she finished her master's degree with honors and is reportedly working on her PhD. 

For the moment, she has one tremendous wedding to plan—one that is apparently eight years in the making. 

 

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