Djokovic hiring of Croatian coach causes scrutiny in Serbia; labeled an insult to his fans

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July 5, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Novak Djokovic returns a ball to Fererico Delbonis on March 24, at the Miami Open. CHARLES TRAINOR JR./MIAMI HERALD/TNS Photo by Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is again under scrutiny in his native Serbia — this time because of inviting Goran Ivanisevic to join his coaching team at Wimbledon.

Serbia’s state-controlled tabloids called it a “scandalous” partnership between the top-ranked Serb and the former Wimbledon champion from Croatia.

Croatia fought a bloody war for independence from Serb-led Yugoslavia in the 1990s and nationalist sentiments still run high in both countries.

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