Despite countless criticisms received in the last month for the Adria Tour disaster, Novak Djokovic remains a much loved figure in the Balkan region. The World number 1 has always encouraged cohesion between the countries of the former Yugoslavia, so much so that he had had a lot of discussion about his choice to hire the Croatian Goran Ivanisevic as coach.
Bosnia recently incensed the 17-time Slam champion by portraying his image along an eight-meter mural in the city of Tronovo. If that wasn't enough, Serbian poet Djordjo Sladoje offered a beautiful tribute to Djokovic through an essay published on the CCNS website.
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Sladoje on Novak Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic showed an unusual tennis gift very early, which the experts noticed in time and suggested to his parents to support him in every way.
However, that was not easy at all, because the Djokovics, fleeing from Kosovo and Metohija to Kopaonik, barely survived the horrors of the 1990s, which also marked Novak's childhood," Djordjo Sladoje wrote. "However, in spite of everything, they found the strength and found a way to put themselves in the service of Novak Djokovic's talent," he added.
"From the very beginning, Novak Djokovic showed, in addition to his innate talent, a sense for its realization, which is a very rare trait among Serbs. Hence, it is not surprising that Novak progressed very quickly in every respect.
Since entering the big tennis scene, Djokovic has not stopped exciting the world, not only the sports public. It delights some and irritates others and often leads to despair and anger. Novak Djokovic played with the greatest and won for all the defeated, made the afflicted happy, comforted the inconsolable, raised the faint, restored hope to the hopeless… As a tennis player he grew in duels with great tennis players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
According to experts, they are constantly competing to introduce the tennis game to a higher dimension, which will remain unattainable for many. Much of the world's public opinion cannot stand the fact that a member of the notorious people is on the world throne.
This does not fit into the political interests of the big ones, and it is not seen by managers, journalists or ordinary viewers. Hence, in part, this obvious resistance, animosity and even open, often orchestrated hatred that persistently accompanies Novak's successes," Sladoje finished.