Loren followed tennis closely and Wimbleton especially. I think he would have been satisfied with the outcome of this year’s Wimbleton finals: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic beat Raja Nadal in an epic tennis match today.
Djokovic, born in 1987 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, once a citadel of ethnic harmony, trained and rose to glory in professional tennis during one of the most turbulent eras in Yugoslav history, the fall of the communist state and the rise of extreme ethnic violence and ethnic wars fron the early 1990s throughout the decade. Genocide and ethnic cleansing reached a new level of international crimes against humanity.
I still can’t sort it all out, nor could I as it unfolded on television. Loren instructed me from time to time. I wish he were here now to fill me in. Today the former Yugoslavia is three new countries with distinct ethnic makeup. I’d like to think that Djokovic’s victory can be savored by all factions, all parties, all ethnic groups. So does Djokovic, who is a member of Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization promoting peace in the world through sports. Like former Wimbleton champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, one of my favorites, Djokovic is a “fan of languages,” and speaks four fluently (Wikipedia bio). He lives in Monaco.