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Djokovic Raises Awareness After Catastrophic Flooding In Serbia

Djokovic© Erika TanakaNovak Djokovic raised awareness for the recent flooding back home with local Italian fans.

After securing a semi-final victory over Milos Raonic at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Novak Djokovic showed his support for his native Serbia as the nation continues to reel from a week of torrential rainfall and catastrophic flooding.

Alongside countryman Nenad Zimonjic, Djokovic invited fans to meet him in the stands of the Pietrangeli court to take a group photo with a banner that reads "#Support Serbia and Bosnia." With the hope of increasing awareness for the tragedy back home, Djokovic and Zimonjic also wore a sticker during their respective matches bearing the same message.

More than 20 people have been killed in what is being labeled as the worst flooding in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Thousands have also been evacuated from towns under threat of rising flood waters.

"I'm following it as much as I can," said Djokovic. "I am on the phone, following the news online. A flood like this hasn’t been seen in the history of my country. It’s a total catastrophe of biblical proportion. Half of the country is in danger, not having electricity, mobilisation, and we are talking about cities not small villages."

Djokovic expressed his gratitude to the Italian fans for their support. "I hope this little event we organised goes viral because unfortunately there is not enough awareness of what’s going on," added the Belgrade native. "We need help. There will be a minimum of several months of recovery and we need as much as help as possible."

If you wish to contribute to the relief and rescue efforts, please visit the Novak Djokovic Foundation's website.

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