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Novak Djokovic and the rise of Serbia : the sporting statesman

Author: Chris Bowers
Publisher: London : John Blake, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A biography of one of the greatest living tennis players, and his relationship with his homeland of Serbia Novak Djokovic is not just one of the world's great tennis players, he is the de facto ambassador for his homeland, Serbia. Not an easy job, given the lingering resonance of Serbia's role in the 1990s Yugoslav wars in the world's news bulletins. To this day, the words Serbia and atrocities are linked in the  Read more...
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Biography
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Bowers, Chris.
Novak Djokovic and the rise of Serbia.
London : John Blake, 2014
(OCoLC)883805228
Named Person: Novak Djokovic; Novak Djokovic
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Bowers
ISBN: 9781784180485 1784180483 9781784180492 1784180491 9781784180508 1784180505
OCLC Number: 890072170
Description: 1 online resource (427 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Dedication; Contents; INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; CHAPTER ONE: AN ETHNIC MIX; CHAPTER TWO: WHO ARE THE SERBS?; CHAPTER THREE: NOLE AND JECA; CHAPTER FOUR: THE EMERGENCE OF SERBIA FROM THE YUGOSLAV WARS; CHAPTER FIVE: TOUGHENED BY NATO'S BOMBS; CHAPTER SIX: FATHERS AND SONS; CHAPTER SEVEN: THE MANIA BEGINS; CHAPTER EIGHT: MODERN-DAY SERBIA; CHAPTER NINE: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH; CHAPTER TEN: THE CHAMPION MUST COME FROM WITHIN; CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE ROLE OF SPORT IN SERBIA; CHAPTER TWELVE: 'THIS IS WHAT I'M BORN FOR'; CHAPTER THIRTEEN: A 'GIVING' PERSON; BIBLIOGRAPHY. A, B, CINDEX; D, E, F; G, H, I; J, K, L; M, N, O; P, Q, R; S, T, U; V, W, X; Y, Z; About the Author; Plates; Copyright.
Responsibility: Chris Bowers.

Abstract:

A biography of one of the greatest living tennis players, and his relationship with his homeland of Serbia Novak Djokovic is not just one of the world's great tennis players, he is the de facto ambassador for his homeland, Serbia. Not an easy job, given the lingering resonance of Serbia's role in the 1990s Yugoslav wars in the world's news bulletins. To this day, the words Serbia and atrocities are linked in the minds of many. This study of both Djokovic and Serbia paints two powerful portraits. It traces the story of the boy from modest surroundings, telling how he met the woman who not only taught him tennis but how to deal with life as a high-profile icon, charts his battle with illness and his relationship with a volatile father, and how his on-court accomplishments have made his country proud. But it also tells the story of Serbia, pulling no punches about its role in the 1990s wars but offering a sensitive interpretation of the hopes and aspirations of a people with a troubled past. This book weaves together these sporting and geo political strands to present a sensitive portrait of a man and his people, and how determination married with sensitivity can create a sporting statesman.

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