Novak and Jelena have known each other since childhood. They met in high school and have been together since 2005. In 2013, Djokovic went to new heights, literally, with his proposal when he took Jelena on a hot air balloon ride.

“She thought we’re going hiking or something like this but we went for a hot air balloon ride. I arranged another hot air balloon in the distance that when we were coming closer to it, it rises and released the banner sign ‘will you marry me”, Djokovic said during an interview on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’.

However, the plan did not go off smoothly. The hot air balloon pilot in the other balloon was struggling to detach the proposal sign. There was also a hole in the balloon, causing it to start sinking.

“So there was a panic as the balloon started going down and she was like ‘oh my god’,” he continued.

As the balloon is sinking, the pilot manages to release the sign.

“And then the thing goes down and I’m reading it slowly because it’s letter up. I’m like what will you marry me. But I’m like its a commercial? Is he crazy at 7:00 am? Why would he want to put a commercial out? It’s not a commercial banner and he’s already down on the knee,” Jelena recalled.

Despite the hitches, the proposal was perfect because Djokovic was able to surprise his future wife.

“She keeps on telling me, she knows me so well that I can’t surprise her. But I am really glad that I managed to surprise her that time when I needed to,” Djokovic concluded.

The pair married on 10 July, 2014 and are still together. They share two children.
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