NEW YORK – The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, said in an interview with the American magazine The New Yorker that he is a great patriot and stressed that Serbia does not deserve the treatment it gets from the world media.
“I do not say that Serbia is the best country in the world, but it surely does not deserve such treatment from the world press. I, who grew up in Serbia, know the history of my people. I know how many wrongs have been done to our people,” said Djokovic, among other things.
He added that he tries “not to judge to these people” stressing he is sure that they are not well-informed.
“This is all the consequence of media vilifying Serbia in the last twenty years,” Novak said.
The New Yorker published the story of Novak’s life and career in nine pages, and in short description it says Novak is a “sportsman, entertainer, humanitarian, patriot and family man, the most prominent Serb in the world, the man who leaves no one indifferent” and believes a hundred percent in the philosophy of life that “You attract things by the way you think, you are the same as your thoughts”.
The author of the text recalls that Djokovic has been the world’s number one tennis player for eighty-five weeks, and besides Wimbledon he won thirty-six more ATP titles, including three Australian Open titles and one US Open. In 2011 he achieved something that many consider as the best season in the history of tennis:- he won seventy of seventy-six matches, recording forty-one wins in a row, and has not been defeated before the semi-finals in Grand Slams for the past three years.
The Serbian tennis player said he is very religious, that the late Patriarch Pavle was one of his role models and that he never parts with the wooden cross and rosary that he acquired in Hilandar.
He pointed out that his visit to this twelfth century monastery, founded by the first Serbian Archbishop, Saint Sava, where he stayed with his father and brothers in 2009, meant a lot to him.
“This is the holiest place I have visited in my life. We spent our days praying and walking, we ate twice a day… It simply brings you back to your roots and yourself,” said Djokovic.
He also said he has plans for the future and that, after he ends his professional career, he sees himself “above all as a family man”.