Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Punch: "Djokovic reveals heartache over Kosovo"

Published: Monday, 3 Mar 2008

Novak Djokovic, the newest star of the tennis circuit, talked about the pain he feels at the separation of Kosovo from Serbia, and how he can never accept it.

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Novak Djokovic posting with the trophy after victory .

The 20-year-old Djokovic has been the biggest sports star in Serbia ever since he won the Australian Open in Melbourne in January, beating the legendary Roger Federer along the way.

But his heart has been aching with the break-up of his country, especially as his family has cross-border loyalties, his father Srdjan being Serbian, and his mother Dijana, Montenegrin.

“Unfortunately it is something that we predicted,” he said of Kosovo‘s declaration of independence last month. But I will feel like a Kosovan all the time.

“Kosovo is part of Serbia. It‘s part of our country. Can you imagine that in any country that some minority says it wants to be independent. How would that country feel?”

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