Novak Djokovic gets emotional after visit to his childhood tennis club

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Novak Djokovic has shared a video of himself visiting his childhood tennis club in Serbia, which was bombed by a NATO airstrike in 1999.

The recording was streamed live on Facebook, as the world number one tennis player made his way through the Kopaonik mountains in his home nation. 

In an emotional footage, brought to our attention by the Mirror, Djokovic points out the ruins at the location as well as a fence with a green wall, which the Serbian describes as his "favorite tennis wall in the entire world."

The wall is one of the only remaining standing structures of the club, which has otherwise been completely devastated. 

Serbia, a part of Yugoslavia during the airstrike, has seen several conflicts in the past and Djokovic points out in the video that he holds no grudges against anyone but that everyone should learn from these incidents.

Video: Djokovic visits childhood tennis club

Djokovic mentions in the video: "The last time we were here with no snow was in 1998, just a year before the unfortunate terrible NATO bombing."

Pointing out a destroyed house, the 29-year-old adds: "Here we spent quality time, prepared food, and now half of the house is gone. Of course, we all know this is because of the bombing. It is sad, but that is what happened."

The Serbian concludes: "We must not hate anyone because of that, but neither can we forget because these kinds of things remind us that we should carry on."

Fond memories of the place

He and his family spent a lot of time in the club when he was growing up and he is clearly still greatly attached to the place. 

Accompanied by his wife, Jelena, and other family members, Djokovic reflected on some of his fond memories at the location.

On a lighter note, he also mentions that his wife helped him set up the live stream, giving her due credit. 

The Serbian rounds off the video by doing what he does best, playing some tennis against his cherished green wall.


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