My dear Jelena,
I am immensely sad to be saying goodbye to you today. You prepared me for many situations in life—for wins, for triumphs, for our trophies—but I am completely unprepared for our parting. Not being able to see you off makes me endlessly sad. Still, I know that you’d be mad if I gave up or decreased my chance to fulfill this final wish of ours, winning Roland Garros.
Thank you for your patience, your enormous love. Thank you for your everyday support, for the advice I remember, for the warm words which always carried an extraordinary message. You know that I’ve memorised them all and that I always follow your rules. Our last conversation, two weeks ago, didn’t suggest that anything was wrong. I’m sad because even then you made an effort to keep me free from any concerns and assured me that everything was alright, that you were in the hospital for a routine check-up — that I shouldn’t worry but win.
You were an angel. Both when you coached me and afterward, I felt your support wherever I went. Sincere. Strong. Unconditional. You left an indelible mark on Serbian tennis. Everyone who holds a racquet in his or her hands today is indebted to you. I promise that I will speak your name to future generations and that your spirit will live on on our tennis courts.
Funeral services for Genčić, remembered as “a symbol of sportsmanship,” will be held on Wednesday.