The year starts well for Novak Djokovic. Together with Serbia, he prevails in the ATP Cup final against Spain and celebrates the first triumph in the new tennis year. The subsequent celebration is correspondingly exuberant. The Serbs laugh, dance and … sing.
Serbian folk song sung
They would have better avoided doing the latter – or at least singing another song. A video of the celebrations, which is circulating on the social networks, shows how Djokovic and Co are voting for the Serbian folk song “Vidovdan”. In it they sing: “Nobody can snatch Kosovo from my soul.”
Although the song dates from 1989 and refers to the battle on the blackbird field from 1389 – not to the Kosovo war around twenty years ago – this passage of text seems like a slap in the face of the small state, which has been recognized as independent since 2008. The reason: Serbia still refuses to see Kosovo as an independent state. Accordingly, Djokovic’s choice of songs is viewed by the Kosovars as a provocation.
Kosovars are angry
“You can be an ATP winner, but still remain a deeply primitive, backward and simple Balkan nationalist and chauvinist!” The angry Kosovo ambassador Edon Cana rumbles on Twitter. He does not hesitate to insult Djokovic’s address.
It comes as no surprise to Cana that the Serb is “the least popular tennis champion in history”. Other users are just as indignant about the tactlessness of the Serb. One writes: “This action shows that Novak was also brainwashed.”
Father protects son
Djokovic’s father appeases. In an interview with the Serbian broadcaster “Prva TV”, he strengthened his son’s back: “It’s not something to be ashamed of, we love our people and our country. But we don’t hate other people and other countries. »He is certain that Novak would have had no evil intentions with the song.
And what does world number 2 say? Nothing. He is silent. His focus seems to be entirely on the upcoming Australian Open.