Serbian views on Djokovic’s blunder


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It’s a sad day that the future of tennis depends on the arbitrary decisions of politicians. But this is exactly what happened in Australia when a federal court dismissed Novak Djokovic’s appeal against immigration minister Alex Hawke’s visa cancellation.

However, Djokovic’s graceful behavior after his dismissal was an example of a manners textbook. He wanted his colleague’s tennis player to be the best in pursuing the glory of the sport at the Australian Open. Specifically, he states:

“I respect the court’s ruling and cooperate with the authorities in leaving the country. It’s unpleasant that the focus of the past few weeks has been on me, and all of us are now the games I love. We hope that you can concentrate on the tournament. We pray for the success of the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers, and fans. “

Deportated persons have been banned from Australia for three years, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Djokovic may be welcomed sooner if circumstances permit.

Djokovic’s remarks on respecting federal court decisions show the strength of his character. A person’s personality is shaped by the country in which he or she is a citizen.

Therefore, it is appropriate to consider how Djokovic’s blunder is seen in Serbia.

Indeed, it is surprising that no one in Australia seems to consider the effects of visa cancellation on Serbia and Serbs.

It is not surprising to discover that Serbian people are very dissatisfied with Australia.

This dissatisfaction even led to demands that the Serbian government cut off relations with the Australian government and that the Australian ambassador was expelled from Serbia, thereby disrupting diplomatic relations between the two countries.

To understand the Djokovic case, we need to ponder the history of Serbia. Serbs and Serbs have a long, rich and very proud history.

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Saint Sava in Belgrade. (Yynm_yn / Shutterstock)

Historically, Serbia has succeeded in protecting the European border from the Ottoman Turks for centuries.

The country was an ally of the United States in both World Wars, and President Woodrow Wilson raised the Serbian flag on July 28, 1918, at the White House, which was declared “Serbian Day.”

US Secretary of State Robert Lansing declared at the time that “honored Serbs were forced to protect their country and home from enemies who wanted to destroy it,” and Serbs “do everything for freedom and independence.” I sacrificed it. ” .. “

During the tenure of Marshal Josip Broz Tito (January 1953-May 1980), Serbia / Yugoslavia was considered a Western ally.

Then came the tragic 1990s, when Serbs were classified as invaders by Western politicians and the mass media. Serbs lost their sense of identity and pride because these claims had no real justification.

Twenty years later, Djokovic arrives and will be the best ambassador Serbia has ever had. His family struggled financially to pay for his tennis training. He speaks different languages. He is religious. Eat healthy foods (avoid meat with organic foods) and be a loving father and husband.

He also established a foundation to support the underprivileged and underprivileged (including donations to the victims of Australia’s tragic wildfires in 2019/2020).

Serbs see Djokovic as a vulnerable person who has overcome the enormous challenges of life. The most famous person in Serbia is Nikola Tesla, a famous inventor and electrician.

Tesla’s fame closely follows Djokovic’s incredible tennis achievements. They both rise above all other Serbian celebrities and achievers. Djokovic is very popular in Serbia, surpassing the popularity of not only Nadal and Federer, but also other successful athletes.

Given what happened to Djokovic in the last two weeks, the entire Serbian people are suffering from feeling unfairly denied his basic right to defend his title at the Australian Open. ..

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Pedestrians pass by a sign depicting Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on the facade of the building above his restaurant in Belgrade, Serbia, on January 6, 2022. (AndrejIsakovic / AFP via Getty Images)

Serbs believe he has been arbitrarily denied the opportunity to win the Australian Open for the tenth time. Therefore, in Serbia, people are very angry with the Serbian government for not taking decisive action against Australia.

They also criticize Australia for using Djokovic as a political football for short-term gains.

In Serbia, a general election will be held in April 2022. May be affected by Djokovic’s treatment in Australia. This is because people admire Djokovic so much that he will not forgive or forget the indecisiveness of the Serbian government during the crisis of deportation.

Of course, there are also Australian elections that may take place shortly after the Serbian elections. Serbs believe that Djokovic’s abominable treatment would fatally undermine the possibility of re-election of the Australian government.

Of course, Serbs are also aware that Djokovic himself triumphantly announced that he had received a medical exemption, allowing him to participate in the Australian Open, which could have caused a turmoil.

The Serbian people feel that he should have been unobtrusive or skipped the tournament and waited another day to stop Nadal and Federer’s 20 Grand Slams. But athletes, like everyone else, are as prone to making mistakes.

The message from Serbia is that the whole world has gone crazy when it comes to vaccination. Serbs do not oppose vaccination, but the recurring “forced but not mandatory” mantra in many countries reveals government attitudes to foster totalitarian tendencies. I am.

People in Serbia (and elsewhere) feel that the world is getting worse. The basic considerations of “rule of law” and dignity and compassion are abandoned and support for unverified experimental strategies that are fatal to society. Mankind is making expensive mistakes.

The collapse of Serbian-Australian relations is expected to heal over time, but failure to treat the Djokovic problem can leave visible scars for a long time.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Gabriel Moens

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GabriĆ«l A. MoensAM is an emeritus professor at the University of Queensland and vice president and dean of Murdoch University. In 2003, Mornes was awarded the Australian Centennial Medal by the Prime Minister for his service to education. He has taught extensively in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Moens recently published two novels, “ATwisted Choice” (Boolarong Press, 2020) and “The Coincidence” (Connor Court Publishing, 2021).

Dejan Hinick

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Dejan Hinic is a financial and investment expert working in Belgrade, Serbia. He holds a law degree from the University of Belgrade and the University of Queensland.