Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic wrote a message proclaiming that “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia” after a first-round win over American Aleksandar Kovacevic at the French Open on Monday. Fighting broke out between Serb protesters and NATO troops in northern Kosovo earlier.
Immediately after defeating Kovacevic, Djokovic approached a video camera – where players traditionally sign autographs – and wrote, “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence.”
The longest-reigning world number one in ATP history expanded on his message in a post-match press conference.
“As a Serb, it hurts me a lot what is happening in Kosovo,” he said. “The least I could do is this; I feel responsible as a public figure and the son of a man born in Kosovo. I feel the need to show support to all of Serbia. I don’t know what the future holds for the Serbian people and Kosovo, but it is essential to show support.”
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