‘I will never forgive them’: Djokovic’s dad haunted by Serbia bombing horror

‘I will never forgive them’: Djokovic’s dad haunted by Serbia bombing horror

Novak Djokovic’s father has said that NATO’s bombing campaign in Serbia in 1999, which forced the tennis champion to run for cover as a boy, has left “traumas that last a lifetime”.

The future all-time great was living with his widowed grandfather in the Banjica neighborhood of Belgrade when the bombs struck, while his parents, father Srdjan and mother Dijana, spent most of their time in a mountain resort more than four hours’ drive away.

The couple worked day and night to fund Djokovic’s tennis exploits while the youngster continued to pursue tennis in Belgrade, where he witnessed the strikes that were purportedly intended to drive Serbian troops out of Kosovo.

Srdjan has described some of his experiences before his son shot to stardom as “terribly difficult” and admitted he was on the “edge of existence”.

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