Podgorica - After winning his second Wimbledon title, world number one Novak
Djokovic arrived in the tiny Adriatic republic of Montenegro on Tuesday
where he will tie the knot.
Djokovic landed in a private plane at
the airport in Tivat, a coastal town 100km south
from the capital Podgorica.
in a blue-white shirt and red shorts, carrying a bag with two tennis
rackets, Djokovic and his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic were spotted
at the highly secured runway meeting his family before leaving the
Djokovic and Ristic are due to wed in the luxurious
Adriatic resort of Sveti Stefan on Wednesday in a closed ceremony, local
A Djokovic family spokesperson said
only that a statement would be sent to the media, without revealing any
The couple, who are expecting their first child later
this year, reportedly wanted to have a private ceremony only with the
closest friends and family present.
AFP reporters at the scene
said Sveti Stefan, as well as the nearby upmarket Kraljicina beach --
where the wedding banquet would be held -- were closed off to the public
by discreet but efficient security to prevent possible intruders or
Belgrade daily Blic reported that employees at the
Sveti Stefan resort have signed a written pledge not to disclose any
details relating to the wedding.
They are also forbidden from
bringing any cameras or mobile phones to the islet, connected with the
mainland by a stony strip which gives it the impression of being a
Montenegrin media reported that Djokovic's coaches
Boris Becker and Marjan Vajda, as well as several tennis players --
among them Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray -- would attend the wedding.- A short break from tennis -
27, who dedicated his Wimbledon title to his future wife and a child,
said he would "now close a tennis chapter for a while."
"A lot of
great moments are ahead of me: marriage, becoming a father in a few
months... I am going to enjoy spending time with my family and my future
wife," Djokovic told reporters.
The rocky islet of Sveti Stefan,
which lies on 12 400 square metres, is one of the
most luxurious resorts on the Adriatic coast.
A fortified village
built in the 15th century to defend the mainland from a possible
intrusion by Turkish soldiers, it became a fishermen's islet after the
fall of the Ottoman empire.
In post-World War II communist
Yugoslavia, the villagers were moved to the mainland and the islet
became an exclusive resort for celebrity guests of then Yugoslav leader
Josip Broz Tito.
Many international film stars, among them
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Barton, Orson Welles and Kirk Douglas,
frequented the resort in the 1960s and 1970s.
It came under the
world spotlight again with the 1992 match between former World Chess
Champions Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, the first appearance by the
seclusive US player after two decades.
Fischer, who won the match
over the Russian master and his main rival, defied the US and
international sanctions imposed on then Yugoslavia for its role in the
1990s Balkan wars.
The resort is now managed by international chain Aman Resorts.