Western countries stealing Slavic talent. Long Live Serbia/Croatia.?
Serbia and Croatia have both won the Davis Cup in the last 10 years. Ivanisevic has made 4 wimbledon finals, winning in his last one. Djokovic has a wimbledon title also. All this in the last 10 years as well.
For two little countries, pound for pound, these are the greatest athletes.
Ivanovic and Jankovic have both been ranked #1.
Monica Seles won 8 grand slams representing Yugoslavia, before the USA stole her, like they did Navratilova and Lendl.
Western countries stealing slavic talent.
Petkovic is Serbian as well, sell-out represents Germany. Kristina Mladenovic, up and comer, represents France. She's Serbian.
Switzerland stole Hingis, Slovak-born. Another slav.
Iva Majoli of Croatia won roland garros, as did Ana Ivanovic.
Marin Cilic of Croatia is in the top10. As is Serbian Tipsarevic. Troicki top15. Raonic is another Montenegrin stolen by Canada. Bernard Tomich, Croat stolent by Australia. Jelena Dokic at her peak had the sense to represent Serbia instead of Australia.
Stosur and Molik of Australia = polish ancestry.
Wozniacki, Wozniak = Polish, representing Canada/Denmark
Kerber and Lisicki = Poles, representing Germany
For God's sake, the UK tried to steal Novak Djokovic in the beginning.
- MattLv 57 years agoFavorite Answer
Maybe if you hadn't had that little issue with the genocide young families wouldn't have left the country in the interests of self preservation. I could tell you many stories about the hell that occurred during this time. But since you are asking this from yahoo Canada I'd venture a guess that you left that disaster as well yourself as the Serbians raped their way through Bosnia (literally) maybe it's time to throw away the sad idea of genetic superiority and accept that this corner of the world is a disaster that even you decided to escape from.
- brambletteLv 67 years ago
The whole world is becoming cosmopolitan.
I think it's great to know that there are so many good Slavic tennis players but you can't accuse other countries of stealing them. Especially if they were born in these countries.
Since I'm Polish I'm going to comment on Poles.
Stosur and Molik were born in Australia and trained there.
Wozniak and Wozniacki were respectively born and trained in Canada and Denmark.
Kerber and Lisicki were born in Germany and trained there, too.
As long as they don't reject their origin, I think it's acceptable that they represent countires in which they were born, educated and their talents were mastered.
I can't be bothered to look up information about every single player you mentioned but all of them are individuals who decided to represent a given country. I bet in most cases, they simply chose the country of birth or the country in which they could get a proper training. And it's their choice, not a matter of stealing.
There are good Polish tennis players who were born and trained in Poland, like Radwańska, Janowicz or Kubot - don't forget about them
- SteveLv 47 years ago
So what's your question....?
Can you blame countries like the UK trying to steal your talent (and yes I agree there is so much of it, you left out players like Ljubicic who is a legend), have you see the state of the players after Andy Murray, they all play in Futures tournaments every week and are nowhere near the grade that is expected for a country that spends millions on tennis. If you can't grow your own food at home, you go and buy it from the market or store right? Well that's pretty much like tennis talent, the countries with money can't make the stars at home so they get the ready made ones from abroad and entice them over. I don't agree with it but that's sport these days.
Yes loads of these players do dessert their country of origin to represent other countries, but even though this happen you STILL have won the Davis cup, so it can't be all that bad right?
But hey you get to keep Ivan Dodig....
- 7 years ago
You should check out the Australian National Football Team.
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- AshleyLv 44 years ago
Your premise is questionable, you should have provide some source for our stated assumptions. As to living longer --- most European cultures are very homogeneous ethnically speaking. Most European do not travel via auto the normal number of miles that even the poorest American travels annually. It is difficult to travel 960 km (about 500 mi) within most European countries. Traffic accidents are a major killer in the USA and that is a function of distance traveled. Healthier is a subjective aspect. Hungarian have a high rate of suicide per capita. Italian men live with their mothers until their late 30's. People work less because they produce less and taxed more --- So the old Soviet quip is in effect "We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us."
- 6 years ago
No one's putting a gun to their heads saying "You must play for Canada/Australia/America." THEY CHOSE to come to these Western countries, O-K!
Just like a non Slav Boris Becker is now coaching a Slav Novak Djokovic. Same with David Taylor who is also reportedly coaching Slav Serbs... No one is telling these people to coach Slavs.... They are free to do what they want!
- JasonAmazingLv 57 years ago
They are NOT stealing. They are buying.