Learn more about Ana...

  • Residence Basel, Switzerland
  • Date of Birth November 6, 1987
  • Birthplace Belgrade, Serbia
  • Height 6' (1.84 m)
  • Weight 152 lbs. (69 kg)
  • Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status Pro (August 2003)

Personal

Started playing tennis at the age of five after watching it on TV (a match of Monica Seles), remembering the phone number to a local tennis school and begging her parents to take her; was given a racket for fifth birthday and immediately fell in love with the game. Ana still has the racket

Mother, Dragana, is a lawyer; father, Miroslav, is a businessman; brother, Milos, is four years Ana's junior; the whole family likes sports, but none played tennis before Ana

Best shot is the forehand; likes all surfaces

Has been part of the adidas Player Development Program since 2006 and has consequently worked on and off with coaches Sven Groeneveld and Darren Cahill.

Likes watching movies (especially thrillers), reading and listening to music (pop and R&B); also enjoys shopping, fashion; favourite TV shows are 24, Lost, Revenge and Prison Break

Favourite food is sushi; favourite drinks are water, fresh pineapple juice and mango smoothies

Speaks fluent English, Serbian and some Spanish

Favourite places to visit are Melbourne, where she has some family, Mallorca, Paris and Rome

Self-described as strong-willed, sensitive, determined and extremely competitive

Most admires her family for all the support they give her

Admires Roger Federer for his professionalism on and off the court

Awards, etc

  • Junior Wimbledon runner-up 2004
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player 2005
  • US Open Series champion 2006
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player 2007
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportmanship Award 2007
  • UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia
  • Nominated for U.S. Secretary of State's 2007 International Women of Courage Award
  • AIPS Women's Tennis Player of the Year 2008
  • German Tennis Magazine Michael Westphal Award 2008
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award 2008
  • International Tennis Writer's Association Ambassador of the Year 2008
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Humanitarian Award 2009
  • Won the tennisreporters.net Sexiest Female Player award for five straight years (2005-2009). In 2010 it was renamed the "Ana Ivanovic Sexiest Female Player" award and she was struck off the ballot list
  • Finished 11th on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009 list
  • Named the best-looking tennis player of all-time by The Age newspaper
  • In October 2008 won Die Bild newspaper's reader poll for "most beautiful body" in sport
  • In December 2008 was named "best looking" female tennis player by The Globe & Mail newspaper
  • Voted Hottest Female Athlete on the planet by readers of sportsnet.ca in 2009
  • Named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by TIME Magazine in June, 2011
  • Included on the list of Top 100 Greatest Players Ever (male and female combined) by leading tennis reporter Matthew Cronin (FOX Sports, Reuters) in 2012
  • Named on Maxim Hot 100 in 2014 - the only sportswoman to appear on list