Djokovic poses with the national flag, proper, in Australia

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From: Steven Schmid


Novak Djokovic, left, proper, in Adelaide with the national flag. On the proper, drunken followers upset the Serbs at the Australian Open. © Collage: Stefan Schmid, left picture: Twitter/@brezaleksandar, proper picture: IMAGO/Shutterstock

Novak Djokovic acquired his followers throughout the second spherical of the Australian Open. A couple of days later, he was photographed with a right-wing flag.

Melbourne/Adelaide – Novak Djokovic defeated Frenchman Enzo Quacaud in the second spherical of the Australian Open to advance to the third spherical of the match. But the courtside incident, which the Serbian tennis participant has complained about, has made headlines far past sporting occasions. A couple of days earlier, Djokovic performed at the Adelaide International, a a lot smaller match. Perhaps attributable to the important lower in the quantity of media there, Djokovic’s selfie with the right-wing national flag in the background remained undiscovered for a very long time.

Australian Open: Djokovic chases drunk followers

When it involves sports activities, virtually all the pieces went easily for Novak Djokovic in the second spherical of the Australian Open. Despite shedding a set in the match, the Serbian managed to defeat Enzo Quakod 6:1, 6:7 (5:7), 6:2, 6:0. Djokovic’s purple and white “Where’s Walter?” had many issues with teams of drunken spectators who have been liable for many fights with their garments.

Infamously, Djokovic complained to the umpire in the fourth set and demanded that the agitated spectators be kicked off the courtroom. “The boy is totally drunk, he needed to make me indignant from the first second. He shouldn’t be right here to observe tennis. He simply desires to get into my head,” mentioned the 21-time Grand Slam winner. Soon the Serb’s request was fulfilled and the drunken spectators have been escorted out by the stewards.

After profitable the Adelaide International: Djokovic, proper, poses with the national flag

Compared to what Djokovic did on January eighth, alcoholics should appear like saints. The 35-year-old additionally managed to safe the title in opposition to American Sebastian Korda in the ultimate of the first week of the worldwide match in Adelaide. After the award ceremony and away from the journalists’ cameras, there was actual pleasure: Djokovic took a selfie with followers who introduced the flag of the Serbian Chetnik. The picture was shared on Twitter by journalist Alexandre Brezar, however thus far it has not acquired a lot consideration.

The Chetniks have been primarily a Balkan militia group devoted to Serbian nationalism and led by Dragoljub Mihajlovic throughout World War II. dedicated a number of struggle crimes in opposition to civilians. During the Yugoslav wars in the Nineteen Nineties, the Chetnik identify and symbols have been once more utilized by Serbian outlaws. Among them are those that later needed to reply for the genocide. Not solely traditionally, but in addition in right now’s context, the flag represents the nationalist Great Serbian Empire.

Djokovic poses with the lettering of the nationalist Greater Serbia

On the flag Djokovic is holding, you possibly can see two letters representing the coat of arms of contemporary Serbia. Today’s coat of arms differs from the authentic Chetnik flag, which contains a cranium and crossbones, very paying homage to the National Socialist Waffen SS. The inscription, on the different hand, is the identical as on the “authentic” flags, however there are additionally two completely different variations.

Novak Djokovic stands in front of a right-wing Chetnik flag.
Novak Djokovic stands in entrance of a right-wing Chetnik flag. © Twitter/@brezaleksandar

At the high of the picture with Djokovic is the inscription “Faith in God” in Cyrillic, and “For the King and Motherland” beneath the coat of arms. For completeness, it needs to be famous that there are completely different variations of the flag, in which one letter is changed by the phrase “Liberty or dying”.

The photographs reveal the authenticity of the explosive Djokovic selfie

Of course, the printed picture could also be faux or faux. But completely different indicators recommend an authentic conclusion. The yellow roof (proven in the higher left nook of the picture beneath) and the black wall construction behind Djokovic are constant with what occurred at the Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide, the place Djokovic met Sebastian Korda on January 8. Meanwhile, Djokovic wore the identical purple sweater to the awards ceremony in Adelaide.

Novak Djokovic at the medal ceremony at the Adelaide International Tournament on January 8 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide.
Novak Djokovic at the medal ceremony at the Adelaide International Tournament on January 8 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide. © Collage: Stefan Schmid, two photos: IMAGO / AAP

This is not the first scandal the Serbian tennis participant has prompted with this picture, nevertheless it needs to be affirmation for anybody who thinks Djokovic has right-wing nationalist views. The Serb, who was denied entry to Australia final 12 months, could quickly remorse his efficiency Down Under. (sh)

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