Daniil Medvedev Joins Novak Djokovic in Mallorca Before Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/16/2021, 8:24 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – July 03: Daniil Medvedev of Russia in action against Alexei Popyrin of Australia on Court Twelve during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 3rd, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


After crashing out of the 2021 French Open quarterfinals last week, Daniil Medvedev entered the Halle Open to start preparations for the grass-court swing. However, Medvedev suffered a setback at the Halle Open, losing to Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7, 3-6 in the opening round.

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Playing his first grass-court match of the season, Medvedev started off with a commanding 5-2 lead in the first set, however, Struff clawed back into the contest and secured the biggest win of his career.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates victory after the Gentlemen’s Singles first round match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

With the 2021 Mallorca Championships kicking off in a few days, Medvedev has received the wildcard to compete at the ATP 250 event.

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Daniil Medvedev receives wildcard for a warm-up event

Originally, set to make its debut in 2020, the Mallorca Championships got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Hence, this would be the inaugural edition of the ATP grass-court tournament held at Santa Ponsa, Spain

World No.2 has confirmed his participation in the singles draw and would be top-seeded at the event. In fact, the tournament’s official Twitter account uploaded a post to announce Medvedev’s wildcard entry at Mallorca.

Apart from the Russian tennis star, World No.5 Dominic Thiem, who suffered a first-round defeat at the French Open, has also accepted the wildcard into the Mallorca Championships.

Other top players including Pablo Carreno Busta, Casper Ruud, Karen Khachanov and Ugo Humbert would be part of the singles draw as well.

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In addition, the 19-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic, would headline the Mallorca Championships as he has confirmed his participation in the doubles draw. Just three days back, the Serbian created history by becoming the first man to lift all Grand Slam trophies multiple times after clinching his second title at the French Open.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a backhand in his Men’s Singles first round match against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

As for Medvedev, the upcoming warm-up tournament provides him with an opportunity to reset his game before the start of the Wimbledon Championships, beginning in less than two weeks.

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Since his main draw debut at Wimbledon in 2017, Medvedev has never gone beyond the third round at the All England Club.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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