The Kosovo Tennis Federation reacts after Novak Djokovic's statements
After the game with Aleksandar Kovacevic at the French Open, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic made an ugly gesture addressing the camera with the words: "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia! Stop the violence."
This has caused the Kosovo Tennis Federation to react with a statement, calling this action an incitement to violence at this delicate moment for Kosovo.
Statement of the Kosovo Tennis Federation:
The comments made by Novak Djokovic at the end of his Roland Garros match against Aleksandar Kovacevic, his statements in the post-match press conference and his Instagram post represent a deep streak of regret.
Novak Djokovic was already the author of similar actions in the past. Despite a general message against violence, the statement "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia" and further post-match statements made by such a public figure, on the occasion of a worldwide event like the French Open, directly result in raising the level of tension between the two states, Serbia and Kosovo.
The Kosovo Tennis Federation continues to strongly recommend athletes and sports people to work for peace and refrain from abusing their position in sports for political purposes.