“He’s a nationalist like me,” Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan’s old comments resurface amid Kosovo controversy at the Davis Cup

Novak Djokovic's father, Srdjan Djokovic, talked about the issue, saying that they have always faced such biased behavior from the tennis authorities.


“He’s a nationalist like me,” Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan’s old comments resurface amid Kosovo controversy at the Davis Cup

(L-R) Novak Djokovic and Srdjan Djokovic at a tennis match. (credits: The Telegraph)

There has been a lot of fuss about Serbia’s choice of walkout music in the recently played Davis Cup matches. Serbia chose the track “Veseli se srpski rode,” sung by Danica Crnogorcevic, as their theme song and faced a lot of bashing from fans across the world as the music involved the political agenda of the Kosova-Serbian conflict. 

Novak Djokovic‘s father Srdjan Djokovic talked about this issue saying that they have always faced such biased behavior from the tennis authorities drawing a similar situation from the 2020 ATP Cup.

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Srdjan also went on to say that it is in the blood of every Serbian to stand before their holy land and fight for their country and Kosova. He concluded by saying that it is not supposed to change in the next 1000 years and that Serbia is going to stay all the same.

Srdjan said:

Sir, whoever you are, and wherever you are from, Novak is a nationalist, of course, like me and most people in my country. It's nothing bad, we love our country. Kosovo will always be the Heart of Serbia, as it is now, it will be forever. That's all I wanted to say - said the father of the best tennis player in the world.

Srdjan talked about Novak Djokovic’s controversial message at the French Open

Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan also talked about a past incident due to which his son received widespread from the fans. Djokovic after his win at the first round of the French Open this year stood by his country’s policies penning down a message in support. He wrote:

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Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence.
Novak Djokovic with a message in the camera at the 2023 French Open. (credits: Le Soir)

His father further talked about how Djokovic was targeted by the media after the Serbian decided to baptize his children in the lands of Kosova. Djokovic has made it clear in the past that he is not entertained by the tensions between the countries and doesn’t want to be involved in politics.

He concluded by saying that Kosova is in the hearts of every Serbian and that it is a part of their culture and tradition. 

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