The number one in the ATP ranking, Novak Djokovic, has moved permanently from Monte Carlo to Marbella. He has spent over ten million euros on a mansion in the exclusive Sierra Blanca residential development. The villa, which was previously rented for 10,000 euros a week, is now his property and, unsurprisingly, it has an exclusive private tennis court where he can train for the ATP circuit.
Djokovic spent the lockdown in March and April at the house with his wife, Jelena Ristic, and their two children (Stefan, six, and Tara, three).
The residence is 1,000 square metres in size, on a plot of 3,500. As well as nine bedrooms, it has eight bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool, various reception rooms, a cine, a games room with billiards and table football, a spa with sauna and Turkish bath and a fully equipped gymnasium.
The main rooms are decorated in a mixture of Mediterranean and Moroccan styles. Outside there is a large barbecue and a big patio with sea views.
Introduced by his brother
The villa, in a select and very discreet area high up behind the town, is just a five-minute drive from the centre of Marbella, and has views of the sea and mountains. Local players such as Alejandro Davidovich and Carlos Gómez Herrera have visited and trained with Djokovic. The world number one also trains at Puente Romano, working with his 'guru', Pepe Imaz. He discovered the town through his brother Marko Djokovic, a former doubles player who also lives on the Costa del Sol.
In the future, then, it will not be unusual to see Djokovic in Marbella, especially during the weeks when he takes a rest from competing and is not travelling. The ATP calendar has been unusual this year, however, because tournaments have been cancelled or the dates have been changed.
The gifted player has added his name to a long list of top class athletes who have a home in Marbella, although some go by almost unnoticed in the different exclusive developments in the area. While most of them come to these second homes in the summer months, Djokovic has gone one step further and is now a resident of Marbella, although not quite like any other.