Novak Djokovic-“Gde si Brate!?”

Photo taken from the TV screen

Twenty times Grand Slam winner with six Wimbledon titles, Novak Djokovic is writing the unique history of tennis!
Before going further, it is good to give it a try and translate the expression “Gde si brate,” from Serbian to the English language.
So “Gde Si Brate!?” can be translated as
1) Hey, bro
2) What’s up, Brother?
3) How ya doing, Brother? Whoo!
4) Hey, my Brother! What’s going on, man?
5) Yo, chillin’.
6) Where are you, Brother?
7) Where you at, my Brother?
8) Where are you, Man?
9) Hey, Brother, Man!
10) Hey, what’s happening, Bro?
11) Hiya, Buddy
12) What go on, Coz?
As you can see, but still maybe not identify, a simple saying can be translated in many ways, and it has many meanings interacting with plenty of feelings!
Meanings do become feelings, and feelings cause our mind and body to react in a specific manner. Placing the finger on your forehead( Novak move in the final of Wimbledon 2021) is a sign that you got it, as you gain the patience to continue with the slice backhand and wait! Pays off!
Novak Djokovic comes from a country where people talk with eyes, dream often and deep while being perfectly awake, fly high and safe, and have a unique way to express their common sense using intuition while being the masters of improvisation! To get to the Novak Djokovic multidimensional mindset is not possible! That is why he is what he is, and that is why he is where he is, and of course, that is why he will be where he will be the best of all times in tennis and further, and beyond!
To enlighten my readers about the place Novak Djokovic and his great family comes from, let me tell you a story that happened, if the memory serves me well, in the 1977 EuroBasket semifinal between then Yugoslavia and Italy. Then the playmaker, Belgrade born and 180 cm high Zoran Slavnic, the soul of the team and the soul of every team he coached and played for, had made one of the memorable moves that honestly describe the way how the champions are born and, most notably made!
As Yugoslavia was wining Italy with a safe lead, Moka ( Zoran Slavnic- nickname) spotted at the stand the coach of the Soviet Union, 165 cm high, Colonel Alexander Gomelsky. The Colonel watched the game and took notes as the Soviet Union in the previous semifinal beat Czechoslovakia. Moka, as he knew the Italian language used his knowledge to ask the opponent, the Italian defender playmaker, to stop for two seconds and shouted towards the surprised Colonel- “Colonel, what are you writing about? Our system, method of play, tactics? Well, we do not know what we are playing either!”
That was in now far 1977!
When I first saw the interview of Mr. Srdjan Djokovic, the father of Novak, I was so impressed with his skills as a parent and his mindset! He was not playing basketball. He was skiing, but he was and always will be the fantastic, unique, exceptional playmaker for his family and, yes, Novak! This is not a “secret.” This is the way life works in the country they come from, the proud land of Serbia!
In that country, playmakers have a special place!
If life is a play, then so-called playmakers are mastering the life-making by stacking mosaic to perfection! They are the ones that cooperate with the right people at the right time; they are the ones making strategic decisions and controlling the outcome armed with instinct and improvisation, two skills that can not be copied! They, the playmakers, are not very loved by many but are respected by all! They are unique, and they are the MAKERS! That is what is happening in the land of Serbia. Till I write this short tribute about Novak Djokovic, knowing that not mentioning him so many times will be understood by him and by the place he comes from, many youngsters are working hard, waiving up their relative comfort and through sweat and dedication follow their dreams often spending nights by counting the stars and imaging raising the Wimbledon Trophy like Novak did six times now!
Novak Djokovic’s success shows that integrity is not negotiable and that strategic decisions are never made alone but with the whole family’s contribution.
For all the youngsters it is crucial to understand that their parents are, by nature, the best and the most trusted people they will ever have. Then, having that values as the guiding idea, finding the partner, and making your life meaningful will be much easier.
From the follower of his playmaker father, Novak Djokovic, the best ever tennis player, is becoming the playmaker for his beautiful family and trusted friends. Wise, with manners and skills in and outside of the court, Novak Djokovic shows the real meaning of life and how many, if not all, of us, could achieve it! No matter the age!
Do what you like, and forget doing what you do not like, to, after, do what you want! Do it from the beginning and enjoy it all! Happiness, disappointments, ups, and downs. Learn from all situations, and do not stop! Better buy experiences and do not sell them! Keep them for you and your loved ones.
Keep going and keep enjoying all, even when you blow it up! Because it is YOU!
Life is not easy and should not be easy! It should be excitable and above all enjoyable!
Get inspired by Novak Djokovic and his personality! That is a unique opportunity!
And do not forget to dream as Langston Hughes’s poem “Dreams” inspire us!
“Hold fast to dreams
for if dream die
life is a broken-winged bird
that can not fly.
Hold fast to dreams
for when dreams go
life is a barren field
frozen with snow.”



Darko Richard Lancelot
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