by Sonja Nikcevic
Novak Djokovic has always been more than just a Serbian tennis player. In his ascent towards immortality in the sport, Djokovic’s image and open, friendly manner became a symbol for a new kind of Serbia. It was the symbol of a country that had shed its image of conflict and poverty and replaced it with one of a prosperous future of talented, intelligent youth. Along with his compatriots in the sport, ‘Nole’ became the goodwill ambassador the country was in dire need of.
Now, years after the Serb had established himself as both a tennis great and national symbol, his country found itself in dire need yet again. And Djokovic stepped up. Yet again.