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Djokovic to Marry in Montenegro Luxury Resort

The resort of Budva is gearing up for the Serbian tennis star's 'wedding of the century', to which at least 140 guests have been invited - but which locals will only be able to glimpse from afar.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica
Jelena Ristic and Novak Djokovic.Photo by BETA

After claiming his second Wimbledon title on Sunday, tennis star Djokovic is set to marry his fiancée Jelena Ristic on Thursday at a glittering wedding ceremony near Budva, Montenegro, including around 140 guests.

Djokovic and Ristic arrived in Montenegro on Tuesday by private plane for what media in Serbia and Montenegro are already calling "the wedding  of the century".

The ceremony will take place at the Villa Milocer on the so-called Queen's beach, once the summer residence of Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, and later of Yugoslav President Josip Tito.

The beach is close to the exclusive Sveti Stefan resort, where Djokovic and his guests are staying.

Both the beach and Sveti Stefan have been closed off to the public since Tuesday by police and by Djokovic's private security to prevent possible intruders and paparazzi.

The authorities of the Municipality of Budva have banned public access to the resort until July 11 .

An Orthodox Church ceremony will be held in a small chapel on Sveti Stefan and will be conducted by the Serb Orthodox Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije.

Local media will not be permitted to take or publish pictures of the event. The rights to the photograpjs have already been sold for a hefty sum, which will go to charity.

"Hotel employees have been asked to sign waivers and confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from taking pictures during the wedding and posting them on social media," the daily newspapaer Vijesti reported on Wednesday.

Among the reported foreign guests are at least three Britons - the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Virgin boss Richard Branson and tennis player Andy Murray.

Media reported that Djokovic's wedding guest list also include Serbian tennis players Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic.

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