Father of Serbian talent Hamad Medjedovic thanks Novak Djokovic for his help – ‘In 2021 he paid for everything’
Hamad Medjedovic is the brightest tennis talent to come out of Serbia recently and his father thanked Djokovic for his support.
Novak Djokovic knows how difficult it is to play tennis in Serbia as the country’s economic situation does not allow many children to play a sport which tends to be quite expensive. Due to his own unique experience and luck, Djokovic is keen to keep the sport in the country by providing financial aid whenever he can.
This was the case for Hamad Medjedovic who is the biggest emerging talent from Serbia in recent years. He recently won his first ATP Challenger Tour title and his father explained that it would be impossible without Djokovic:
“Novak is really doing his best for Hamad. In every way: financially, mentally and socially. I remember another conversation with Novak. Then we specifically talked about the stages of Hamad’s career. And there I I’ll tell you honestly, I pinched myself during that conversation to convince myself that this was all happening. He was giving me ideas, what to do about Hamad, and I remember saying to him, ‘Nole, I’m sorry, but it all costs money!’ He continues, offers me a coach, talks about how we are going to do, what we are going to do and adds: ‘It’s up to Hamad to train, I do the rest!’ I said to him again: ‘Nole, it costs money!’
“Then Novak said to me, ‘Edo, I’m not doing this for the money! I have a place where I make money. Simply, my role and my task is to help. What kind of person would I be if I wasn’t helping kids who deserve it, who love tennis, who always get results, help?” I listen to him, and he adds, “You know what we’re going to do Tomorrow, when Hamad succeeds, you will also take someone to help!’ »
His father continues:
“Throughout the year 2021, all the coaches, the complete trips, the hotels, the plane tickets, the physiotherapists, the masseurs, the preparations to which they went together, we paid nothing. And that’s no small amount of money in the world of tennis. It’s really a big sum. A coach is expensive, so where are the physical trainer, the physiotherapist, the courts…”