April 18th 2011 04:49:18 PM
How could The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board have let this pass? Clearly, sports writer Tom Perrotta didn’t get approval from the proper channels before accidentally writing this not-at-all-negative article about tennis champion Novak Djokovic. Yeah, he’s a star, but he’s a…sssssssssssSerb! And the WSJ really, really, really, really, really, really, really, doesn’t like those.
The editorial page needs to rein the sports section in, obviously. Djokovic isn’t exactly quiet about wanting to keep Serbia whole, so let’s brace ourselves for an annoyed-sounding editorial to make up for this sports desk transgression — asking: If this Serbianationalist ™ is in such great physical shape, shouldn’t his organs be available on the market by now from Our Friends the Albanians?
The only snipe that Perrotta couldn’t resist including was “…the image of teens dodging bombs while practicing backhands is exaggerated…”
Easy to say for someone who wasn’t dealing with this:
Dervisevic remembers the difficulties in keeping the centre open. “When the bombing began we shut down for three days, but after that we decided that we should continue as normal,” he says. “We were open every day. One day a power station just 400 metres from here was hit by a bomb. All the windows here were blown out. It was a horrifying experience, but we carried on. We wanted to keep things as normal as possible for the children. I think the experience gave us all strength.”
Ivanovic was one of those who tried to keep her training routine going as bombs exploded around the city. “I would say those were the toughest times,” she recalled. “It was very hard. It went on for three months. It was very hard to practise, and we couldn’t at the start of the bombing. Later on we got used to it. We would practise at seven in the morning and try to live as normal lives as possible.”