6:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Novak Djokovic to Star in Reality Show for Amazon
Novak Djokovic is getting his own reality show at Amazon.
The top-ranked men's tennis player, set to play Gael Monfils in the U.S. Open semifinals later on Friday, has signed on for his own docuseries with the streamer — letting cameras follow him throughout the 2017 season.
“Passion, perseverance, commitment and self-awareness are key elements of a champion, but these are impossible to maintain without strong support around you," said Djokovic. "I am fortunate to have the support of both a caring family and a strong team working with me. My fans have been suffering and celebrating with me from the very beginning of my career on the tennis courts, and now I want to share with them all my daily life and what’s important to me — my values, my beliefs and my habits — and also introduce to them all the amazing people that are always next to me.”
Novak, still a working title, will air on the Prime Instant Video platform in the coming year in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan. It was based on a concept by Alberto Scarpetta and Djokovic and a co-production by The WorkShop and Peter Berg's Film 45. (Berg will also serve as executive producer.)
“There are not enough superlatives to describe Novak Djokovic, one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional, exciting and captivating athletes on the planet,” said Amazon Originals head of unscripted Conrad Riggs. “Prime members will get an intimate look at the mind and life of a world champion, husband and father, as well as the incredible group of individuals that make up his team.”
Novak also marks something of a first for the genre, as tennis players have been largely absent from the reality TV lens.