Novak Djokovic has caused a stir after he was pictured with an extremely controversial former military leader during a trip to Bosnia.
That World No. 1 has held off after a grueling US Open campaign, who saw him lose to Daniiil Medvedev in the final.
A tough 2021 season and the expectation of making history took its toll on Djokovic as he collapsed after his match.
Since his campaign in New York, Djokovic has taken time off from the ATP Tour.
However, Djokovic has created international outrage after photos of him with former commander Milan Jolovic, called ‘The Legend’, made their way onto social media.
Jolovic is the former head of the paramilitary unit Drina Wolves, who took part in genocide against Bosniaks in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Many claim that Jolovic saved the life of former war criminal Ratko Mladic and earned him the nickname.
In 2017, Mladic was convicted of war crimes and genocide for his time as commander of the Bosnian war in the 1990s.
He was sentenced to life in prison.
Drina Wolves was part of Republika Srpska according to Al Jazeera and was later convicted of genocide against Bosniaks by international courts.
Jolovic has never been convicted of a war crime.
But this week, local media posted a photo of Djokovic having tea with the former boss.
This move triggered international outrage.
Political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic questioned how many sponsors Djokovic would lose as a result of the picture with Jolovic.
Djokovic was also recently pictured with Serbian politician Milorad Dodik at a wedding.
Milorad Dodik has denied the extent and nature of the genocide in Srebrenica.
Djokovic has not responded to the furore.
Novak Djokovic takes time off after the US Open campaign
Djokovic failed to make history at the US Open after missing out on winning a career grand slam, the last male player to achieve this was Rod Laver, delaying his quest for record 21 major titles.
While Djokovic was inducted into Indiana Wells, he admitted after his tax campaign at the US Open that he had no plans.
“Let me tell you, I have no plan. Absolutely nothing,” he told reporters after his US Open loss.
“I do not know if I should play anything, anywhere … I’m just here in New York right now.”
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