“Novak Deserves His Place”: Novak Djokovic’s Father Reveals Plan to Open His Museum in Serbia

Published 04/03/2021, 8:36 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Gael Monfils of France with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 during their Men’s Singles Semifinal Match on Day Twelve of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan has said that he is working on a plan to open a museum in his son’s name in his hometown Belgrade. A Bosnian publication quoted Djokovic senior as saying that the museum will showcase his son’s numerous trophies and memorabilia from the Tour for his adoring home fans.

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An outspoken critic of Djokovic’s detractors and the perceived media prejudice against him, Srdjan said that a proposal to open a museum in the name of the tennis superstar has been hanging fire and he hopes the initiative will pick up the pace soon.

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“That initiative stopped for a while. We hope that it will change soon,” Srdjan said.

He added that his son deserves his rightful place after reaching dizzying heights in the game and will get it in the Serbian capital.

“Novak deserved his place a long time ago, his museum in Belgrade,” Djokovic senior said.

ROME, ITALY – MAY 17: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point in his match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during day 5 of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2018 tennis at Foro Italico on May 17, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

He added that the Serb’s trophies are currently showcased at his restaurant and tennis academy in Belgrade.

“There are so many trophies in the restaurant, the tennis center. We are working on opening a museum…,” Srdjan said.

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

Novak Djokovic recently broke Roger Federer’s record of staying Number 1 for 310 straight weeks

Despite suffering an abdominal muscle tear in the middle of his campaign, Djokovic won an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title this year. In the process, he equaled the legendary Martina Navratilova’s record of having the most number of Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open.

Days after his heroic triumph at Melbourne Park, the Serb broke Roger Federer’s record of holding the World Number 1 ranking for 310 straight weeks.

He later posted a video for his fans wearing a custom-made Polo shirt designed by Nike, with the figure ‘311’ inscribed in bright gold on it.

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Djokovic thanked his fans for supporting him through all his years in the game, saying that his success was as much theirs as it was his.

Last year, the 33-year-old equaled stalwart Pete Sampras’s record with his sixth year-end Number 1 ranking.

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He was handed a glittering trophy by the ATP, acknowledging the feat at a ceremony ahead of last year’s ATP Finals in London.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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