OCP News Service – 16/7/19
London -UK: The 2019 Wimbledon Championship was ruled by two Eastern Orthodox Christians. Serbian Orthodox faithful Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon Men’s Championship by beating Roger Feder whereas Romanian Orthodox Faithful Simona Halep won the Women’s title by beating Serena Williams.
Halpe is a Romanian Orthodox Christian. Christianity Today reports that Halpe is a strict Orthodox Christian and always carry an Orthodox icon. She was awarded the Order of the Patriarchal Cross for laypersons (the highest distinction of the Romanian Patriarchate) after capturing the 2019 Wimbledon Championship. In 2018 Halep received the Cross of St. Andrew the Apostle from the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate as well.
‘It’s an important thing for me in my life,’ she said of her faith. ‘I believe in God. I don’t go to the Church every week because it’s not my style, but I believe in him, and I have [icons] with me and I believe in them.’ – Simona Halep.
Djokovic is a faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In the year 2011 Novak Djokovic was awarded the highest award of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Order of St. the Sava of the First Degree by His Holiness Patriarch for his contributions to generosity and religion. Djokovic is famous for making the sign of the Orthodox cross while playing in the court.
“Before I am an athlete, I am an Orthodox Christian” – Novak Djokovic.
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