The Serbian Open is all set to return to the ATP calendar after a nine-year gap. The tournament was last held in Belgrade, from 2009 to 2012.
Interestingly it is Novak Djokovic’s brother Djordje who will be organising the tournament, and there is no guarantee that Nole would be part of this competition.
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is the last player to have won all four Grand Slams. (Getty Images)
In a bid to draw bring in more sponsorships, Dominic Thiem has also been invited to attend the event. However, consensus GOAT Roger Federer was not sent an invitation due to the worries that he might charge an exorbitant fee.
Roger Federer made a return to professional tennis, only last month at the Qatar Open. He had been sidelined for a whopping 14 months due to an injury on his right knee.
He looked quite out of sorts at the Qatar Open, as he got past Dan Evans in the first round, only to be stopped by Nikoloz Basilashvili in the next. The Wimbledon great will be taking a brief hiatus once again, as he isn’t featured in the list for the upcoming Rome Masters.
He is also expected to skip Madrid and Geneva masters, in a bid to be fit for the Roland Garros.