Novak Djokovic landed in trouble again and is facing investigations in Serbia. The reason being his invitation to Goran Ivanisevic to join his coaching at Wimbledon.
It is called a “scandalous partnership” of the Serbian and the previous Wimbledon winner from Croatia.
The nationalist emotions are still high in both countries. Since Croatia fought an extreme battle with Serb-led Yugoslavia for independence in the 1990s.
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While explaining his determination to recruit Ivanisevic, Djokovic said,
Goran comes from Croatia and I am from Serbia. We both come from the country that was once called Yugoslavia.
He added, when he was small he watched Ivanisevic’s play against Pete Sampras. Everyone in the country supported Ivanisevic.
Novak Djokovic ‘s mother was born in Croatia. When last year Serbia exited from the Soccer World Cup, his mother faced public criticism too when Novak Djokovic decided to support Croatia. Although, Croatia lost against France in the finals.
An Insult to fans!
The Pro-government Belgrade tabloid Informer told the previous NBA center Darko Milicic that, Djokovic’s step to hire Ivanisevic is an insult to his followers and fans.
According to Milicic, Novak Djokovic should think about his Serbian fans who have suffered the expulsions, harassment and the loss of their near and dear ones at the time of the war.
On the other hand, the tabloids issued an interview of Ivanisevic with the New York Times. Where he said that he wished to have some Serbians positioned in front of him while he practiced shooting with a machine gun.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic who also a past ultranationalist, said that, it’s good for the country that Novak Djokovic is maintaining healthy relations with Ivanisevic. This may help the past clashes between the countries to overcome.
In the year 2001, Ivanisevic won the men’s singles title. He told the Serbian media that this was a somewhat unexpected invitation from Novak Djokovic. This happened while they were heading for the grass-court tournament.
It’s all unusual
He said that he was trying to postpone some commitments. That may overpower him to leave Wimbledon in the coming week.
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