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  • Writer's pictureKristina Lang

For Novak and Goran/Za Novaka i Gorana

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

In January 2022, when I was suffering from Covid, which, due to the proper vaccination, only scratched me, the news was about the saga of the Serbian tennis player Novak Đokovic. Namely, Novak entered Australia to compete in the "Australian Open" tournament, although he was not vaccinated. Australia then demanded that everyone entering Australia be vaccinated, so Novak was disqualified from that tournament and exiled from Australia. I then condemned Novak on my blog and supported the Australian government. For me, the vaccine issue was above everything, above sports, above tennis, above nations. If it was a Croatian player, I would have felt and written the same. To this day, I have not changed my views regarding the importance and necessity of the Covid vaccine, which has saved millions of lives around the world. One of my close friends, originally from Serbia, drew my attention to the fact that in my article I was too harsh in my condemnation of Novak and explained to me his fears that the vaccine could disrupt his physical condition as a top athlete. When today I sent a message to our WhatsApp group, which the two of us share with two other Croatian friends, that I would write something for the blog and that for the first time I had no idea what it would be, my friend said "Write about Novak."

That's when I remembered that today is the Wimbledon final in which Novak is performing, and I happily said that I would watch that match. Indeed, I watched the entire match and cheered for Novak. After winning the fourth set, I still hoped that he could still win. Unfortunately, Novak lost his match against the very young Spanish Carlos. Although the Wimbledon final itself is a great success, for a player of Novak's calibre it was a painful defeat. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on all his achievements because he is ultimately one of the greatest tennis players of all time in the world. I am proud of both him and his coach, former Croatian tennis player Goran Ivanišević, who set an example of the necessary coexistence and cooperation between Croatia and Serbia.


Kristina

Sunday, July 16th, 2023



Goran Ivanisevic and Novak Djokovic by Siddid Dey Purkayastha


Za Novaka i Gorana


Kad sam u siječnju 2022. godine bolovala od Covida, koji me zbog urednog cijepljenja samo okrznuo, na vijestima se vrtila saga o srbijanskom tenisaču Novaku Ðokovicu. Novak je naime ušao u Australiju da bi se natjecao na turniru “Australian open” premda nije bio cijepljen. Australija je tada zahtjevala da svi koji ulaze u Australiju budu cijepljeni pa je tako Novak diskvalificiran sa tog turnira i prognan iz Australije. Ja sam tada na svom blogu osudila Novaka i podržala Australsku vladu. Za mene je pitanje cjepiva bilo iznad svega, iznad sporta, iznad tenisa, iznad nacija. Da se radilo o hrvatskom sportašu osjećala bi i napisala isto. Ja do danas nisam promjenila svoje stavove vezane uz važnost i nužnost Covid cijepiva koje je spasilo milijune života širom svijeta. Jedna moja bliska prijateljica, porijeklom iz Srbije, skrenula mi je pažnju da sam u svom članku bila pregruba u svojoj osudi Novaka i objasnila mi njegove strahove da bi cijepivo moglo poremetiti njegovu fizičku kondiciju vrhunskog sportša. Kad sam danas u našu grupu na WhatsAppu, koju nas dvije dijelimo sa druge dvije hrvatske prijateljice, poslala poruku da bi nešto pisala za blog i da po prvi puta nemam pojma što bi to bilo, moja prijateljica je rekla “Piši o Novaku.”

Tu sam se sjetila da je danas finale Wimbledona u kojem Novak nastupa i sretno sam rekla da ću pratiti taj meč. Uistinu, odgledala sam meč u cijelosti i navijala za Novaka. Nakon dobijenog četvrtog seta još sam se nadala da bi još mogao pobijediti. Nažalost, Novak je danas izgubio meč od vrlo mladog Španjolca Carlosa. Iako je i samo finale Wimbledona veliki uspjeh, za igrača Novakovog kalibra to je bio bolan poraz. Ja mu ovom prilikom čestitam na svim postignutim uspjesima jer on je na kraju jedan od najvećih tenisača svih vremena na svijetu. Ponosna sam i na njega i na njegovog trenera, hrvatskog bivšeg tenisača Gorana Ivaniševića koji svojom suradnjom daju primjer nužnog suživota i suradnje Hrvatske i Srbije.


Kristina

Nedelja, 16. srpnja 2023.

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