‘It’s drawing me’ – Novak Djokovic might play Belgrade 2 the week before Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic is considering playing the second tournament in Belgrade the week before Roland Garros and hopes there will be crowds. 

Djokovic is currently headlining the Serbian Open, which has his younger brother Djordje as the tournament director, and is taking place at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade.

It has been nine years since Belgrade hosted the tournament, and this year it was expected to feature other Grand Slam winners Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem but both had to withdraw due to injuries.

With news that Roland Garros has been delayed by a week due to a coronavirus lockdown in France, an additional event, Belgrade 2, has been added to the ATP Calendar for the week directly before the French Open.

Although Djokovic, alongside most other top 20 players wouldn’t normally play the week before a Grand Slam to ensure they arrive in peak fitness, the world number one has admitted he is tempted.

“I usually don’t play a tournament before the Slams,’ said Djokovic.

“But considering that it is held in Belgrade, it draws me more to play. I love sleeping at home and spending time with my family.”

While spectators haven’t been allowed in to the Serbian Open this week, Djokovic has admitted he loves playing in front of his home crowd and is hoping that this might change for Belgrade 2.

“If I am on the court, I hope that we will have the opportunity to at least see a few more people in the stands,” said Djokovic.

Djokovic beat Soonwoo Kwon 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday and will play Miomar Kecmanovic in the next round on Friday.

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