Rising Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has accepted Novak Djokovic's invitation to play the Adria Tour event in Zadar, while Lucas Pouille has been forced to conclude his campaign at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. The first leg of the Adria Tour took place over the last weekend in Belgrade, which world No.
3 Dominic Thiem won. This week, the Adria Tour has moved to Croatia as this coming weekend tennis stars will be competing in Zadar. The Adria Tour event in Zadar now has six confirmed players and two more players are left to be added to the player field.
Besides world No. 1 Djokovic and 14th-ranked Rublev, 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev and former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov are also expected to play. The local fans will also have a chance to see two top-ranked Croatian tennis players as Borna Coric and Marin Cilic have signed up to play.
The qualifying event -- set up by the Croatian Tennis Federation -- is underway and the winner will earn a wildcard for the Adria Tour event in Zadar. Rublev, 22, is a huge addition to the event as he has proved earlier this year that he is one of the most talented players on the Tour.
The Russian got off to an outstanding start to the season as he claimed back-to-back wins in Doha and Adelaide, before he made the round-of-16 at the Australian Open. As a result of his strong start to the season, the 22-year-old is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
14 in the world.
Meanwhile, Lucas Pouille suffers another setback
After ending his 2019 season prematurely due to an elbow surgery, Pouille hoped he would be ready for the start of this season -- but that wasn't the case.
Just days before the season got suspended, the Frenchman kicked of his season at the Indian Wells Challenger -- where he lost his opener. Three months later, Pouille returned to action at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown -- a league created by coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
But the Frenchman didn't enjoy a fine start to the Ultimate Tennis Showdown as he picked up back-to-back losses in his first two matches played at the Mouratoglou Academy. Lucas Pouille, a former world No. 10, will now focus on getting his health back to 100 percent so he can be ready to play when the season resumes in August.