Exactly how long Novak Djokovic’s current stay in Australia will last continues to remain in doubt.
However, social media has spotted a more frivolous sideshow to fixate upon as the row rumbles on over whether the world number one should be allowed to compete in the Australian open when it begins next week – how handsome Djokovic’s two little brothers are.
The appearance of Djordje Djokovic alongside his parents Srdan and Dijana at a press conference this week sparked a series of tweets not strictly relating to the tennis, with some simply tuning in to admire the 26-year-old’s suave good looks.
The family answered questions from the press – with a confident Djordje telling those gathered his brother is ‘only fighting for liberty of choice’. Novak’s middle brother, Marko, has been equally vocal, posting on Instagram that it was ‘time to speak up, and fight for our rights as human beings.’
Tennis trio: The younger Djokovic brothers have passionately defended their older sibling as it remains uncertain whether he’ll be able to stay in Australia to play at the Open – but social media has seen some people not entirely focused on tennis
Handsome: The appearance of Djordje Djokovic, Novak’s youngest brother, alongside his parents Srdan and Dijana at a press conference yesterday sparked a series of tweets not strictly relating to tennis
Marko: After many on social media swooned at the youngest Djokovic family member’s good looks, others pointed out that there was another brother in the midst
By his side: Novak Djokovic and his brother Marko in Marbella in 2018; this week Marco, 30, thanked supporters on his Instagram page, saying: ‘We all deserve equal treatment’
Trio of talent: the three brothers growing up in Belgrade, Serbia – Novak, the oldest is top, with brother Marko and youngest sibling Djordje at the bottom of the photo
After the press conference, people quickly cooed that the 34-year-old tennis star’s youngest brother Djordje was ‘hot’.
@EstherEvans_ wrote: ‘How hot is Novak’s brother, tho? Yikes.’
@DuncanStripp noted: ‘One good thing to come out of this #Novak_Djokovic debacle is discovering his brother is really hot!’
@OrvilleLloyd added: ‘Novak Djokovic brother is damn handsome.’
@junelurve agreed, writing: ‘Very pleased for you but the one thing that has come out of all this, watching press conferences etc + following the case …how HOT is ur brother!’
The conversation then moved on to the brothers’ other sibling Marko, 30, who, like Novak, has also represented Serbia at tennis, before retiring as his career failed to hit the soaring heights of his older brother’s.
@WayneDavid81 was flabbergasted that there was another sibling waiting in the wings, writing: ‘What!?!?! Another one? I’m glad I’m finding out about the Novak bros in a drip-feed way else I don’t think I’d be able to cope.’
So, what do Novak’s little brothers do? FEMAIL investigates:
THE YOUNGEST BROTHER: DJORDJE DJOKOVIC
The baby of the Djokovic bunch, Djordje has been by his brother’s side throughout the recent dispute in Australia.
Also a tennis player, 26-year-old Djordje has played doubles alongside his older brother but is yet to break through into the top level in the same way that Novak did.
Bond: Novak has played doubles with both of his younger brothers; seen here with Djordje in a doubles match at the 2015 China Open
Close: The brothers are regularly spotted together supporting their older brother at tournaments across the globe
Glamour: Djordje is thought to be dating Arena Sport TV host Saska Veselinov. She wrote a post of support this week for the tennis star, saying: ‘We believe that you’ll come out of this situation even stronger, and for us you’re already the winner. ‘
Born in July 1995, the Serbian appeared confident to defend Novak at a press conference this week.
He has criticised Australian authorities for treating his brother like a ‘criminal’.
The dark-haired tennis player donned a roll neck jumper for the news meet and appeared happy to answer media questions – until scrutiny began on Novak’s whereabouts in the days after he tested positive for Covid in December.
In his personal life, Djordje is thought to be dating Arena Sport TV host Saska Veselinov. The glamorous blonde sports reporter regularly posts photos of the couple on her Instagram account, and lists her achievements as ‘MIss Charm 2019’ and ‘Miss 7 continents Serbia 2018’. He’s previously been linked to model Tijana Ralic.
In an Instagram post this week, Veselinov supported her boyfriend’s brother, writing: ‘Truth always finds its way. We believe that you’ll come out of this situation even stronger, and for us you’re already the winner. You daily teach us with your action.’
THE MIDDLE BROTHER: MARKO DJOKOVIC
Model pose: Marko, 30, has now retired from professional tennis and is thought to work as a coach in Mallorca
Pictured with his long-term girlfriend Leticia Tesara, a Brazilian fashion designer, the couple met in Marbella
Idol: Marko with his older brother during their childhood growing up in Belgrade
And on court: The pair competing in a doubles match in Monte Carlo in 2019
Four years younger than Novak, blonde-haired Marko has endured what many people who’ve grown up alongside a sporting superstar have had to – facing up to the reality that you might not quite match their talent.
The Serbian, born in Belgrade in 1991, has represented his country at tennis but has seemingly retired from singles, after being listed in 2019 at 574 in the ATP rankings – his highest ever listing.
Marko is in a long-term relationship with Brazilian fashion designer Leticia Tesara, after the pair met in Marbella. They now live on the Balearic island of Mallorca where Marko works as a tennis coach.
Ever loyal to Novak, after it was revealed that his older brother had been freed from the detention hotel in Melbourne where the tennis ace had been held before the legal verdict, he thanked followers for their support.
Marko wrote: ‘THANK YOU finally for showing us that we are 8 billion people on this beautiful planet Earth, and that we all deserve equal treatment, that we are all ONE.
‘That is time to speak up, and fight for our rights as a human beings, and that together we have power to help each other in this tough times, and grow towards this empathy, respect, acceptance and finally LOVE!!’
DJOKOVIC COMES CLEAN ABOUT COVID TESTS AND VISA DEBACLE
I want to address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the lead-up to my positive Covid test result.
This is misinformation which needs to be corrected, particularly in the interest of alleviating broader concern in the community about my presence in Australia, and to address matters which are very hurtful and concerning to my family.
I want to emphasise that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone and my compliance with testing obligations.
Djokovic is pictured during a training session at Melbourne Park on Wednesday
I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on 14 December after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive to Covid-19.
Despite having no Covid symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test on 16 December which was negative, and out of an abundance of caution, also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day.
The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children and took a rapid antigen test before going to the event, and it was negative.
I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test until after that event.
The next day, on 18 December I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing commitment for a L’Équipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.
I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Équipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was taken.
When I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.
On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia.
This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify this matter.
While I felt it was important to address and clarify misinformation I will not be making any further comment out of utmost respect for the Australian government and their authorities and the current process.
It was always an honour and a privilege to play in the Australian Open. The Australian Open is much-loved by players, fans and the community, not just in Victoria and in Australia but around the globe, and I just want to have the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world and perform before one of the best crowds in the world.