Sights and Sounds: Serbia’s Celebration of Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon Win [Video]
by Tom Gainey | July 5th, 2011, 10:21 am

No country throws a tennis party quite like Serbia, and Novak Djokovic once again hasn’t given his homeland reason to celebrate.

A day after winning his first career Wimbledon title, Djokovic was greeted by over 100,000 fans in the in front of the National Assembly of Serbia in Belgrade.

“This is absolutely unbelievable and I owe all of you eternal gratitude for this reception,” Djokovic said. “The time has come to bare all my emotions to you and all I can say is that you are the best in the world because only Serbian fans can throw a party like this.”

Djokovic will now have to quickly shift his focus for the upcoming Davis Cup quarterfinal tie this weekend when his Serbian team meets the Soderling-less Swedes starting Friday.

Here are some more videos from the celebrations of Monday:

Novak with girlfriend Jelena Ristic who speaks to the crowd:

Some video from the late afternoon:

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15 Comments for Sights and Sounds: Serbia’s Celebration of Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon Win [Video]

dari Says:

WOW! king and rock-star combined.
serbia knows how to celebrate
this feels like novak doing so much not only for himself, but for serbia as a whole.

dari Says:

i also heart jelena

jane Says:

I know dari, Jelena seems sweet, but she is her own person, pursuing a Masters degree in business. I was amazed, too, by the sheer number of people out to celebrate.

Skeezerweezer Says:

Thanks Tom!

Amazing stuff, I mean are u sure Nole is not the new prez of Serbia? Kudos to him and his beloved fans, he is loved and well appreciated by his country and fans, enjoy the ride!!!!

Dory Says:

Ha ha the “bus” says “No.1e.”

Nina Says:

Amazing crowd, he’s treated there like a president or a national football team who just won the World Cup! It seems more a celebration of Serbia than Nole himself but then Nole is the local hero and the ambassador of the country.

vox777 Says:

Been there… Done that… Hope we’ll do it again… SOON! :DDD

skeezerweezer Says:


Thanks for that! They make quite the models. Hope it is a long lasting thing for the Djokernater, right now, life is good! :)

mem Says:

i’m surprised! novak’s doesn’t seem to be the type that would marry at this point in his career, especially with his career in flight the way it is. strange indeed! no offense, but maybe it’s more than meets the eye. maybe not, who knows!

jane Says:

I wonder if the marriage rumour is true. I am not sure how seriously to take the Mirror. Mind you, Nole has been with Jelena since 2005 or 2006 so maybe he wants to take the next step?

margot Says:

jane: have u heard about huge media scandal in UK re phone tapping and paying police for info. by journalists from the “News of the World” one of the stars in the Rupert Murdoch galaxy. Very interesting times.

jane Says:

No margot, but will look into that via google. Sounds creepy.

grendel Says:

margot – this signals the end for the absurd influence Murdoch exerted on both Labour and Tory. Not, in the end, that it was sinister. It was always a self-serving myth that “it was The Sun wot won it”. What irritated me was the preposterous pretensions of the newspaper magnate and the miserable kow-towing to him by the politicians of the big parties.

A pity to rewrite history, though. Murdoch tamed the print unions – and by God they didn’t half need taming. I was a young man all of whose instincts were leftish, and I listened amazed to the contortions my lefty friends wrapped themselves up in as they attempted to justify the huge wages of the printers. I’ve never been able to take the left seriously since(with honourable exceptions obviously, always mavaricks). Of course I never took the right seriously anyway. But Murdoch saved the newspaper industry – as the editor of The Guardian has acknowledged – and in particular he has bankrolled The Times, which is financially unviable apparently. Nor does he interfere editorially with it, as is alleged – another myth.

Murdoch is a huge and deeply interesting figure, both villain and hero. Orson Welles would have found him a very fruitful source. But I suspect he is finished now. He is completely ruthless, but there is a lack of pretension to him – when you compare him to disgraced newspaper barons Robert Maxwell and Conrad Black (a repellent Canadian now gloriously in prison)- which captures one’s attention. His supposed successor, his son, strikes me as a pipsqueak. They say they are holding on to that Rebecca woman as a human shield for James Murdoch. God, you’ve got to laugh.

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