Novak Djokovic discusses growing up in war-stricken Yugoslavia



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Novak Djokovic discusses growing up in war-stricken Yugoslavia

After months and months of controversy and declarations we return to talk about tennis playing and waiting for the first tournaments on the circuit the new ranking has been released which will fluctuate in the coming months.

Given the uncertainty about which tournaments can be played and given the problems of some tennis players to travel the world, the ATP Council decided that it was better to promote the idea for a tennis player to keep his best result in each tournament in the last two years.

In other words, those who will not play the next edition, for example of the much criticized US Open, will keep the points earned by them in 2019. World number 1 Novak Djokovic admitted the possibility of skipping the American season and the 140th edition of the US Open.

Speaking during interviews given in Serbian, the 17-time Grand Slam champion opened up on how growing up in war-stricken Yugoslavia is the reason he feels the need to help others.

Djokovic on the situation in Serbia

"I saw many people on the streets—some who, of course, take care, follow [the guidelines], and so on.

But on the other hand, there are people who are [acting] completely as if nothing happened," Novak Djokovic said. "(I learned) to be aware that I’m not the only person in the world, so that everything isn’t done just for me or in my personal self-interest," added the Serb.

"When you see poverty, and you yourself are part of it, that sort of experience simply makes you want to look at everything in life from different angles. That desire to find myself, to help, to be available, to contribute has always propelled me and propels me to this day—especially in circumstances like this, when there is a state of emergency."

Djokovic also spoke about how Serbians are accustomed to such trying times: "Though it may sound a bit ironic, for us Serbs a state of emergency is somehow a normal situation. Unfortunately. I mean, it’s tough. Everyone abroad is complaining (about the lockdown); but for us, having lived through the ‘90s, this is normal.

It was always a state of emergency," finished the World No. 1. Djokovic, who tested positive for coronavirus, along with his wife, Jelena, after the aborted Balkans charity exhibition tour he and Goran Ivanisevic had organised, feels strongly he has been made a scapegoat for the outbreak of Covid-19 that followed.