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Novak Djokovic feels Responsible to help his Country as much as he can



Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic feels his country deserves an ATP tournament and he hopes Serbia will get back on the Tour calendar. In 2009, Serbia hosted their first-ever ATP event when the Serbia Open in Belgrade took place.


The tournament was owned and run by the Djokovic family but it didn’t survive for too long on the ATP Tour. The Serbia Open — which was an ATP 250 event — staged four tournament editions before it was replaced by the Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf, in 2013.


Djokovic’s uncle Goran was the tournament director until the resigned month after the last tournament edition of the event. “Of course I remember what happened during the Serbian Open,” Djokovic said, per Sportskeeda.

“I think we deserve such a tournament. We, the players but also the country that loves this sport viscerally. We will do our best to come back.” Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, made three appearances at the Serbia Open and he enjoyed much success.

Djokovic, 33, won the inaugural edition of the Serbia Open in 2009 after handing a straight-set defeat to Pole Lukasz Kubot in the final. The Serb returned to Belgrade a year later but didn’t defend his title after he was forced to retire his quarterfinal clash to fellow compatriot Filip Krajinovic.

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After an unfortunate end to his 2010 Belgrade campaign, Djokovic returned to the event the following year and claimed his second title at the tournament after beating Feliciano Lopez in the final. In 2012 — which turned out to be the last edition of the tournament — Djokovic wasn’t present and Italian Andreas Seppi won it all.

Djokovic broke down in tears over during the Adria Tour event in Belgrade. The 33-year-old’s wish of brining some of the best players of the game to Belgrade and promoting Serbia in a positive way became a reality this past weekend.

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Djokovic didn’t win the event but the stars who came to play left Belgrade impressed and satisfied. “I am very connected to my country and I try to give back mostly to where I come from. It is important that all of us involved in Serbian tennis collectively try to focus on setting up the right foundations for the development of tennis (in Serbia).

Despite not being available all the time, I feel very responsible for that,” Djokovic said. Novak Djokovic is now focused on this week’s Adria Tour event in Zadar.


End SARS: Details of Ooni’s meeting with Obasanjo emerge



Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, on Monday hosted Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former President, with an appeal to the End SARS protesters across Nigeria to retreat.

Ooni, while receiving Obasanjo at his Ile Oodua Palace, Ile-Ife, described the End SARS protests as a clear message by the Nigerian youth to the government.

He also urged the youths to give the government the chance to attend to their demands fully.

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The royal father said, “If you look at the End SARS protest, you’ll see that our youths have what it takes to rule the country.

“Since day one, they’ve shown leadership, accountability and a huge sense of responsibility which has sent a clear message to the government.

“Every day at 11:50 pm, they displayed their financial update, and to me, I am highly amazed by their sense of accountability.

“As a youth leader myself, I’m proud that we all have communicated our ideas, and it’s heartwarming that we’ve been heard.

“Dear youths, it’s time to retreat so as to prevent those with ulterior motives from hijacking the peaceful message of peace.

“The whole world is aware of our peaceful conduct, and we must not let some bad elements tarnish this enviable integrity.

“Once again, I wish to urge our youths to stop the protest, for now and give peace a chance. This will prevent the government from using force.”

Speaking earlier, NAN reports that Obasanjo described the EndSARS protest as the product of an extensive agitation by the Nigerian youth that needed to be attended to by the government.

He said: “More than 65 percent of our population are under the ages of 18 and 30; they aren’t only struggling to acquire education, they’re also aspiring for the best that life can offer them.

“Some of them did not even get educated, while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would’ve to be removed.

But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youth, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.

“Fortunately, the President has children, and he knows how youths behave.

“I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youth know that he, as a father, understands their plight and that his government understands their plight and he’s ready to make life better for them.”

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