Sunday, December 27, 2009

Djokovic, Thespian

We know he likes to mimic, but can he act? A director surely thinks so:

AFP - BELGRADE — The Serbian world number three tennis player Novak Djokovic is to play Yugoslavia's first king in a television series to be shot next year, local media reported Thursday.

The 10-part series will retrace the life and reign of king Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, first monarch of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, who unified the kingdoms of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia after World War I.

The tennis champion and first-time actor will play Aleksandar during his reign, which came to a brutal end in 1934 when he was assassinated in the port of Marseilles while trying to set up an alliance with France against Germany.

Djokovic's younger brother Djordje will play the king as a young man.

Filmed on a budget of almost three million euros (4.2 million dollars), the show is set to air in 2011, its director Stojan Stojcic said.

The 22-year old Serb player finished 2009 as world number three for the second straight year.

Djokovic won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 2008 Australian Open. He had been runner-up at the 2007 US Open and won a bronze for Serbia in the singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


Yolita said...

I think this may prove a costly mistake for Novak. The field is very competitive and he doesn't need any distractions. I hope I'm wrong, because given the form he reached at the end of last season, this could be his year!

Karen said...

Hey guys, just driving by to say hello and to wish everyone a safe and happy new year. May the coming year fulfill all our expectations for ourselves. May the wish that Roger Federer has for tennis (i.e. to be on network tv) come to fruition in 2010. No computer right now so posting will be slim to non-existent.

Helen W said...

Yolita I have the same fears as you. On the one hand I think it's fantastic that he has this whole other world opening up to him, but on the other, it would be a great pity if he didn't ever reach the highest tennis form that his talent made possible.