Novak Djokovic shines at Foundation’s inaugural dinner in New York days after losing U.S. Open

By Romi Cvitkovic

True to his word of having “days without tennis” in order to get over his loss to Andy Murray in the U.S. Open final, Novak Djokovic hosted an inaugural dinner for his Foundation in downtown Manhattan venue Capitale just two days later, and welcomed celebrities from all walks of life. (Video at bottom.)

Novak Djokovic and his girlfriend Jelena Ristic welcome you!

The endless stream of celebrity arrivals included royals, business moguls, fashion designers, tennis greats and top models, including tennis commentator John McEnroe, the Duchess and Princess of York, fashion designers Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger, fashion editor Anna Wintour and models Anja Rubik and Karlie Kloss among dozens of others.

Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic mingled with Anna Wintour, Donna Karan, and the Duckess and Princess of York among others

Novak Djokovic also caught up with tennis great John McEnroe and shared a few laughs:

Donna Karan (L) and Tommy Hilfiger enjoyed each other’s company:

Proud parents, Dijana and Srdjan Djokovic arrived looking fabulous:

John McEnroe happily greeting the smiling Djokovics during the dinner:

Founded in 2007 and inspired by his work as an ambassador for UNICEF, the Novak Djokovic Foundation seeks to help children in Serbia “have the education and resources to lead productive and healthy lives” according to the Foundation’s website. While Djokovic serves as the Founder and Honorary Chair of the Foundation, Donna Karan, Anja Rubik, producer Milutin Gatsby and business tycoon Ronald Burkle act as Chairs.

A special guest of note was motivational speaker Nick Vujicic who suffers from tetra-amelia syndrome – a rare disorder where individuals are born with no limbs. Born in Australia to Serbian immigrants, Vujicic has written a book speaking on the challenges he has overcome and encourages others to lead an active life.

Novak Djokovic with motivational speaker Nick Vujicic who was born with no limbs, a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome

The evening featured cocktails, dinner, a live auction and special performances, with Djokovic entertaining the guests with his charisma and mega-watt smile. Is there anything this man can’t do!?

Novak Djokovic entertains the crowd and, wait — is that a miniature tennis racquet he is auctioning off!? It seems that not only did he auction off a pair of his Audemars Piguet watches, but also himself!

(All photos via Getty Images)

14 Responses to Novak Djokovic shines at Foundation’s inaugural dinner in New York days after losing U.S. Open

  • Jamie says:

    It is surprising that this foundation which has existed since 2007, lists no projects it has finished or has in progress —- just lot of verbiage about being dedicated to early childhood education. What pre-schools have they started? Who are their partners? How much of their proceeds go to fund-raising and how much to projects?

  • Hi Jamie, thanks for the reply. You raise a good point about the money distribution from foundation’s like this. I think many times it’s difficult to specify where everything is allocated especially if it’s split up in many directions. I don’t know about this particular organization, but feel that it falls in line with others such as the foundations of Nadal, Federer, Roddick and Sharapova. They don’t always broadcast what the money is being utilized for because they serve such expanse areas. But Djokovic’s seem specific to Serbia at least. Sharapova’s deals a lot with Russia, but again, we don’t know specifics there either. Djokovic recently visited a pre-school near Loznica in Serbia, but even there, we don’t know whether/how much they contributed to the school. I guess we need their tax forms to figure out all the details!

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