Kosovo Federation attacks Novak Djokovic and demands a sanction

Jeton Hadergjonaj, president of the tennis federation, has repeatedly asked for a sanction against Nole by the ITF and ATP

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Kosovo Federation attacks Novak Djokovic and demands a sanction

Novak Djokovic divided the world after a sentence written on the camera at the end of the victory against the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia, let's stop the violence", thus the Belgrade native tennis player has begun to receive some criticism not only from the world of tennis.

At the press conference, the number 3 in the world explained: "I am against wars, conflicts and violence of any kind and I have always expressed it publicly. I don't know if I will be fined. I am very sorry that we find ourselves in this unenviable situation. Kosovo is our heart and base, the hub of historical events for our state.

I feel responsible as a public figure, no matter what sector I am in, and as the son of a man born in Kosovo, I feel further responsible to express my support for our people and all of Serbia," he said.

Kosovo Federation against Djokovic

In Kosovo, government organizations continue to speak negatively about the message sent by the Serb.

Jeton Hadergjonaj, president of the tennis federation, has repeatedly asked for a sanction against Nole by the ITF and ATP: "For a public figure like him, in this type of tournament, giving a message like that is useless.

A month ago, at a basketball game, the crowd shouted Kosovo is Serbia; he didn't shout but waved his hand to support the chorus. We have to react. We are sending an official sanction request to Djokovic, for him to receive a fine.

We will ask the ATP, the ITF and the French tennis federation." Someone, however, defended Novak Djokovic on the circuit. It is Elina Svitolina, who underlined: "We live in a free world, so why not should he express his opinion? I don't know the political issues of Serbia.

I think, as Ukrainian tennis players say, politics is connected with the world of sport." In a second moment, the Serbian legend wanted to clarify his gesture: "I am not a politician and I do not intend to enter into a political debate.

It is a very delicate issue. As a Serb, everything that is happening in Kosovo hurts me a lot. This is the least I can do. I feel a responsibility, as a public figure, regardless of camp, to show my support, especially as the son of a man born in Kosovo.

I don't know what will happen in the future for Serbs and Kosovars, but we need to show support and unity in this kind of situation."

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