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Spectacular lecture of Boris Becker launches the “Original” magazine

by , Posted on 25th Sep 2015

German tennis legend returned to Belgrade after 25 years thanks to Novak Djokovic Foundation. 

One of the best tennis players in the history of this sport, Boris Becker, held a spectacular lecture to students and other dear guests at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre last night. It was a wonderful night, where everyone could learn something from the life and career of the legendary German. In the same time, over 600 people were able to read the first issue of the new free magazine for students, called the “Original” .

This long-awaited monthly magazine has been created for students with the aim to get them more engaged in arts, culture, sports and other topics. The magazine has been lauched by Jelena Djokovic, on behalf of Novak Djokovic Foundation.

The former No. 1 tennis player in the world visited Belgrade for the first time after 25 years, and he made a great impression on everyone who participated in the lecture. He sent a strong message on the stage:

“You should keep dreaming, because that’s the only way you can make all your dreams come true!” 

Boris Becker on the official launch of "Original" magazine

Boris Becker on the official launch of “Original” magazine

Becker talked about his early childhood and the time he spent in the small German town of Leimen. He explained how his love for tennis prevailed over some other sports he was also fond of – such as football, basketball and swimming. He also reflected on his path from a talented boy to a true tennis champion who won his first Wimbledon title at the age of 17, and became the youngest champion of this prestigious tournament.

Jelena Djokovic, the Executive Director of Novak Djokovic Foundation, said that this lecture was a gift to students and young people who will become leaders one day. While she talked on the stage, everyone in the theatre held their copy of the „Original“.

Novak Djokovic Foundation has decided to launch the „Original“, with the aim to inform the students about arts, sports, culture and provide them plenty of useful information regarding their future life and business challenges. The lecture of the tennis legend reminds us that we should never give up on our dreams, because they can come true if we truly believe in them” – said the director of Novak Djokovic Foundation.

Jelena Djokovic and Boris Becker

Jelena Djokovic and Boris Becker on the launch of “Original” magazine

Novak Djokovic, the world’s best tennis player, president and founder of Novak Djokovic Foundation  also addressed the audience. Among other things, he said that he is very proud of his country and his people.

“It seems to me that Serbia is one of the few countries that decided to help children who fled Syria and the surrounding countries and make their journey as easier as possible. It makes me really proud. Novak Djokovic Foundation strongly believes in the dreams of those children. They all need help, and they mustn’t be forgotten” – said Nole, who then presented Boris Becker, his friend and a head coach, as the man of German discipline and French charm.

Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker holding the first copy of "Original" magazine

Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker holding the first copy of “Original” magazine

After he received a warm round of applause and a standing ovation, the tennis star from Germany shared a truly inspiring story about his life and career for more than an hour. When the spectacular lecture was over, students had many questions for Becker.

When ask about his relationship with Novak,  he replied:

We speak the same language (German). He and I always go for the win. Little things won’t make us happy, but we always want to win big. I realized we share the same winning spirit and  we have the same drive to win more trophies and that significantly influenced my decision to work with him in the first place. Great victories are yet awaiting Novak. Once I used to dream about my successes, now I dream about Novak being the best on the court”.

Some of the guests who attended this special event held at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre were German Ambassador to Serbia Mr. Axel Dittmann, Australian Ambassador Mrs. Julia Feeney, representatives of the Serbian Association of Managers SAM, Serbian American Chamber of Commerce and other influential people in business. There were also tennis players Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic, Serbian Davis Cup team coach Bogdan Obradovic, Serbian race car driver Dusan Borkovic, basketball players Milos Teodosic and Bogdan Bogdanovic, the famous Serbian volleyball player Vladimir Grbic, Serbian National taekwondo team member Milica Mandic, actors Dragan Bjelogrlic and Dragan Jovanovic, students from the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Faculty of Economics, FEFA and Sports Academy.

The “Original” magazine came as a result of a strategic partnership between Novak Djokovic Foundation and Direct Media, the leading communication agency in the region and the main sponsor of the project. This monthly magazine has been launched with the aim to get the students more engaged in arts, culture, and sports…

The magazine will publish stories by the most famous and influential Serbian journalists, writers, authors, playwrights and students. Starting from the first issue, art students are more than welcomed to send photos of their works, so that the magazine, including the cover page, could feature their talent, introducing it to an even larger audience.

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