Postage stamps for the best – Novak Djokovic
In the presence of Novak Djokovic, PE Post of Serbia presented yesterday the unique commemorative postage stamp issue “Tennis: Novak Djokovic, first world racket”.
For the first time in the philatelic history of Serbia, the stamps represent an athlete – individual, the best tennis player of today and the best athlete in the history of Serbian sports, a great humanist and philanthropist, whose foundation, among other things, helped reconstruct 48 kindergartens and supported more than 2,200 teachers in their work throughout Serbia.
The stamps show Novak Djokovic on the tennis court and his sporting successes: 350 weeks at the top of the ATP list, seven times as number 1 at the end of the calendar year, won a total of 20 Grand Slam titles and 37 Masters tournaments, 86 ATP tournaments, the only one in the “open era” of professional tennis who managed to win every Grand Slam at least twice – the Australian Open (9), Roland Garros (2), Wimbledon (6) and the US Open (3) and is the only player in history, after Rod Laver, to have won all four Grand Slam titles in a row, won five times the final masters of the ATP tour, a bronze medal from the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Davis Cup, the ATP Cup and was named the best athlete in the world four times. Artistic realization is done by Boban Savic, creator of stamps for the Post of Serbia.
”Thank you to the Post of Serbia for this initiative, which I experienced as an effort to revive the tradition of writing letters and postcards, and I am glad to be able to contribute to that. Our Foundation receives many letters every day from children and their teachers throughout Serbia, who need help and support in early development and education. We want, and we are committed to that every day, that in the next 10 years, every child in Serbia has access to kindergarten and the conditions to dream and realize their dreams. Together we will try to get the results as soon as possible, and we are glad that more and more partners are joining us, including the Post of Serbia”, pointed out Novak Đoković.
So far, living athletes were depicted only as a team, never with a name and surname. In this way, Novak already appeared twice on the postage stamps of the Post of Serbia, as a part of the Davis Cup team and the Olympic team, but not under his own name. With this act, during the week in which the record of staying the longest at the #1 position on the ATP list of the best tennis players in the world is being accomplished, and after a record set in the number of tournaments won, the Post of Serbia wishes to make an extraordinary tribute to the career and successes of Mr. Djokovic. This emission will include two stamps – one for post (sending letters) in the country, and one for mailing abroad. Both stamps contain the photo of him hitting a ball during a tennis move. The stamps for domestic and international mail set next to each other symbolically represent the way the triumphs of Novak Djokovic link Serbia and the world.
“For the Post of Serbia, it is an honor, in the year of the greatest importance for the career of Novak Djokovic, to present the philatelist issue dedicated to our best athlete of all time. The Post, as a national institution, in this way made an appropriate homage and a sign of gratitude from the people of Serbia to Novak Djokovic, for his sport achievements, and everything he is doing for the well-being of the citizens of our country and its reputation in the world with his public and humanitarian work. We believe that this unique postage stamp will not only record and preserve his successes for future generations but also encourage young people to give their best in all fields of life. With gratitude to Novak for the honor he has given us with his presence at the ceremony in the PTT Museum today, on behalf of employees of the Post, I wish him much more success in his career,” stated Zoran Djordjevic, acting general manager of the Post of Serbia.