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The Sporting Statesman - Novak Djokovic and the Rise of Serbia

The Sporting Statesman - Novak Djokovic and the Rise of Serbia [Kindle Edition]

Chris Bowers
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Novak Djokovic is not just one of the world’s great tennis players – he is the defacto ambassador for his homeland, Serbia. Not an easy job, given the lingering resonance in the world’s news bulletins of Serbia’s role in the 1990s Yugoslav wars. To this day, the words ‘Serbia’ and ‘atrocities’ are linked in the minds of many.

In this study of both Djokovic and Serbia, Chris Bowers paints two powerful portraits. He traces the story of the boy from modest surroundings, telling of 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 deeds have made his country proud. But he 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.

Bowers, biographer of Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and the British deputy-prime-minister Nick Clegg, weaves together these sporting and geo-political strands to present a sensitive portrait of a man and his people, and how determination married to sensitivity can create a sporting statesman.

About the Author

Chris Bowers is a freelance writer and broadcaster who has covered the global tennis scene for more than 20 years. He is best known as a commentator for European sports television channel Eurosport but also appears on the American sports channel ESPN and various radio stations around the world. He has written several books on tennis, including the biography of Roger Federer, but also The Book of Tennis, the International Tennis Federation's centenary commemorative book, and four Davis Cup yearbooks. He is also active in the environmental and political fields, and in 2011 wrote the biography of Nick Clegg, the leader of the British Liberal Democrats and deputy prime minister. He is the son of a refugee, and lives with his daughter in East Sussex, England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2071 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JD09Q9Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment 25 May 2014
I had greatly looked forward to reading this book about a player who has sparked interest world wide not just for his tennis skills but his humanitarian interests towards his home country. Sadly the book is poorly written, incredibly boring and it's no surprise that Djokovic himself has not endorsed it. Chris Bowers apathetic attempt to tell the story of a fascinating man hinges solely on blow by blow reports of matches reminiscent of radio dialogue not a biography. Not helped by the fact the book is not written in chronological sequence makes it worse with the reader constantly being thrown back and forth much as a tennis ball over the net! It seems that Bowers intent on having a dig at anyone he can from Novak himself to collaborators of a book that Novak has written on his food intolerances. Rarely do I battle to finish a book but this was a long hard effort. When compared to super Biographies written about people like Agassi, it's a shame that Bowers can't take a leaf out of their books and learn how to write with interest, feeling and not endless quotes from people who may or may not being portraying this top tennis player in an accurate light. Fortunately it has not put me off Novak or Serbia but it may do to those who are hoping for a good read.
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