Novak Djokovic To Add Serbia Open to Calendar Along With Miami Open and Monte Carlo Masters

Published 03/06/2021, 6:16 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his eighteenth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021. Over the course of the tournament, the Serbian ace played the initial rounds with a pulled muscle on the right side of his abdomen. However, as he progressed into the latter stages, he began playing with much more ease. 

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Due to his abdominal issue, Novak Djokovic didn’t play the recent tournament, Rotterdam Open, and will not play at the Dubai Duty Tennis Championships either. The Serb will play his next tournament at the Miami Open this season, followed by the Monte Carlo Masters.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021 Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with the trophy during a photo shoot at Brighton Beach REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Novak Djokovic to play in Belgrade after 2012

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The update on Novak’s schedule was displayed on his website. This season he will play at the Serbia Open, held in Belgrade. The event returns to the venue for the first time since 2012. It is an ATP 250 clay-court tournament, which will take place from the 19th of April and will end on the 25th of the month. The World No. 1 has won the event twice, in 2009 and 2011. 

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Reflecting on the Monte Carlo Masters, the Serbian ace has won the tournament twice in 2013 and 2015 ad was the first player to beat Rafael Nadal at the venue. The event this season will take place from April 11-18.

KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks on Crandon Park beach after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the men’s final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Prior to the event in Monaco, Novak is scheduled to feature at the Miami Open, which will be the last hardcourt event as the clay-court season is soon to begin. It will be familiar territory for the 33-year-old as he happens to be the most successful player there, winning the tournament on six occasions.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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