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Atanasijevic overwhelmed by birthday wishes

Aleksandar Atanasijevic (right) greeted by teammates after a good play against Australia on his 23rd birthday on Thrusday
Wroclaw, Poland, September 5, 2014 – There was no cake to chomp and no candles to blow out, just a meaningful victory for Aleksandar Atanasijevic, the Serbian star player who turned 23 years old on Thursday and celebrated the occasion with a 17-point performance in the 3-1 win over Australia.

The steady scorer once again figured among the most productive offensive contributor of his team to cap a very happy birthday when he received many gifts and lots of greeting messages.

“My teammates have given me many presents already,” the opposite player commented afterwards, “but today I am happy the most for the result of our match. It was important for us to win against Australia.”

“We played a good match and the victory is the best gift for my birthday,” Aleksandar added.

Even though it was a special day and with Friday as a rest day in Pool A, the young Atanasijevic was not in a mood of celebration, something he wants to postpone for the near future.

“I am not planning to celebrate,” he replied when asked how he intended to spend the rest of the evening in Wroclaw. “We are playing in the middle of a championship and it does not allow me to celebrate. We will do that big if we gain a good result.

Aleksandar is well-known in Poland, since he spent the professional league seasons of 2011-12 and 2012-13 playing for Skra Belchatow, one of the best Polish teams, and the fans gathered at Centennial Hall made sure to let him know in his special day that they have not forgotten their idol.

 “I got some presents from Polish fans after the match, something really amazing,” he said. “And, of course, I received the best wishes from my family, brother and my fans.”

He also mentioned how the news about his birthday circulated around the social media.

“I am really happy that people remember about my birthday,” he said. “I got many wishes on my Twitter account and fan page and I want to thank for all of them, but now I don’t have too much time to answer because of the matches. I can assure them that every single message means a lot to me.”

Written by Elzbieta Poznar, Young Writer Programme


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