“The gang is back, hoping to commit another genocide” – Novak Djokovic and his compatriots come under fire after walking out at the 2023 Davis Cup on a popular Serbian song about Kosovo & Metohija
While the Great Britain side used Eminem's ‘Lose Yourself’ as their walk-on music, the Serbian team used a patriotic song named, “Veseli se srpski rode." It garnered polarising reactions online.”
The Serbian team enter the stadium(left). (credits: X, Evening Standard)
With the 2023 Davis Cup finally coming down to the business ends, the final eight countries fighting for the ultimate silverware have made their intentions clear. While one of the prime contenders for the trophy, Serbia is led by 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. He is adamant about winning the cup.
But the thing that caught all the attention was the entry walk of the Serbian team ahead of their match against Great Britain. While the Great Britain side used Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ as their walk-on music, the Serbian team used a patriotic song named, “Veseli se srpski rode.” Many citizens over the internet have expressed their hate over this choice and have also bashed Novak Djokovic for supporting this action.
Reports suggest that the song has been associated with several protests in the past times. The song is used as an anthem for actions related to the unification of Serbia-Kosovo. Even the tennis fans did not take this nicely with hate over Djokovic and the Serbian team being showered upon whole-heartedly by the global fans.
Novak Djokovic in trouble for his involvement in the Serbia-Kosovo situation:
Novak Djokovic has also tried to get himself acquainted and involved in the Serbia-Kosovo situation. It’s not unusual for any athlete to leave a message on the camera as a way of celebrating their win. At the Roland Garros this year, Djokovic repeated this celebration. However, he was heavily thrashed by the French minister for leaving a message related to political agendas.
Check out how fans reacted to the song:
His message created a huge controversy as he talked about the ongoing tensions involving Kosovo and Serbia, as well as NATO. Djokovic wrote urging to stop the violence and that Kosovo was the heart of Serbia. This was a reference to the NATO peacekeepers trying to get in between the relationship of both countries. While the 15-year-old country is finally enjoying its independence, the Serbian government has always considered Kosova as a part of their land.
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