According to Sporting News, Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon celebrations have been cut short with a shocking attack on his family.
Djokovic’s grandfather-in-law, Miloslav Radisavljevic, has been found tied up in a field in Serbia after unknown criminals broke into his house.
The grandfather of Novak’s wife Jelena was allegedly kidnapped and taken to an area several kilometres away from his home.
Djokovic’s press team said in a statement that the family is in ”complete shock over what happened” to 85-year-old Radisavljevic.
The world no. 10 and his family were in Monte Carlo when the incident happened.
The kidnappers reportedly sent a message to Djokovic asking for €2 million euros ($3.15M), but Blic, a Serbian news site, revealed that Dragan Lazarevic, the mayor of Ljig, said he had received text messages asking for the ransom money.
The police involved didn’t specify that they had found a member of Djokovic’s family, but revealed they had found a man tied to a power pole.
The man who was found explained to officers that he was robbed of 220 euros ($350) and a cell phone by two men who had covered up their appearances.
Radisavljevic had no physical injuries, but the mental trauma will surely last a lifetime.
After Novak’s shock Wimbledon crown, the Serbian legend paid tribute to his family who have become his whole life since the birth of his children.
“My whole (more or less) was about tennis until I became a father and husband. Everything I did was aimed at tennis success,” he said in the emotional post.
“When I became father and husband, my “world” evolved. It didn’t change, it evolved into something more beautiful.
“It takes learning and openness to reach that “golden balance” in life which everyone is in pursuit for. For me it was balance between tennis, priorities and family.”