World No.1 Novak Djokovic is inarguably one of the greatest players of all time in tennis. He has won almost every tournament on the ATP Tour and has accomplished many laurels in his professional career so far. However, some fans are often in doubt as to why he is often referred to by the name of ‘Nole’.
Fans might have witnessed that Novak Djokovic has a username of ‘DjokerNole’ on Instagram. It surrounds them with a dilemma that what is the meaning of Nole and why does Djokovic use Nole instead of his original name there.
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi-final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Toby Melville
‘Nole’ is actually not an English name but a Serbian one. It’s nothing but a just nickname for the word Novak in Serbian. In Serbia, where the World No.1 player hails from, people usually prefer nicknames and not just Djokovic, but everyone with the name ‘Novak’ can be referred to as ‘Nole’.
Interestingly, the ‘ole’ suffix is quite common for Serbian nicknames. A person named Djordie can be called ‘Djole’ or someone named Bojan or Bogdan can also be called ‘Bole’.
Novak Djokovic and his other nicknames
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Paul Childs
Apart from calling him Nole, the Serb is also called ‘Djoker’, ‘The Joker’, and ‘The Serbinator’ by many of his fans. Djoker comes from his surname, Djokovic, and some fans then started calling him ‘The Joker’. As he hails from Serbia and has the potential of destroying almost every single one of his opponents on the court, some even call him ‘The Serbinator’.
Djokovic has given his fans many reasons to love and cheer for him. However, will he be able to end his career with the most number of Grand Slam titles?