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Tennis professional Hazem Naw from Syria: From Aleppo to the ATP tournament

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Tennis professional Hazem Naw from Syria: From Aleppo to the ATP tournament

“No matter what I achieve, it’s good”: Hazem Naw with a retro racket on the beach in Borkum Photo: Juergen Hasenkopf

Hazem Naw learns to play tennis in Aleppo. Then the bombs fall and he is wounded. The Syrian now lives in Germany – and recently wrote a small piece of sports history.

Happiness has many faces and gestures. A mouth wide open to scream out the joy. Tears in your eyes as the tension eases. Falling to the ground, overwhelmed by success. Raised arms to release the energy and present yourself to the world as a triumphant. Some things seem aggressive, others seem rehearsed. Few people are as happy about a victory as Hazem Naw.

He smiles, raises his fist slightly, thanks the opponent and immediately goes to his brother and trainer Amer to give him a big hug. For Naw, who was born in Syria, grew up during the civil war and fled to Germany as a teenager, happiness means one thing above all: escaping with his life and being able to safely do what he loves – play tennis and earn money with it.

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