Novak Djokovic will make the most of his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour next week, playing singles and doubles at the Rolex Paris Masters. The five-time champion at Paris-Bercy will play his first tournament since losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, a loss that cost the Serbian a chance to complete the Grand Slam.
Djokovic has also signed up to play doubles for the third time this season (ATP Cup, Mallorca) and will team up with compatriot Filip Krajinovic. Following Saturday's draw, Djokovic learned that his first match will be against Fabio Fognini (whom he leads 8-0 in his ATP Head2Head series) or Marton Fucsovics (3-0).
He could face Gael Monfils (17-0) in the third round. With the FedEx ATP Race A Turin reaching the home stretch, Jannik Sinner will look to continue his bid to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Paris, where he will start against #NextGenATP of Spain Carlos Alcaraz or French Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Sinner increased his chances of securing a place in the final tournament of the season by defeating Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals in Vienna. However, Ruud remains well positioned and will start against Alexander Bublik or Britain's Daniel Evans.
Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime are 10th, 11th and 12th respectively in the FedEx ATP Race A Turin and all three need good performances in Paris to qualify. Hurkacz opens against Jan-Lennard Struff or a qualifier and could face Auger-Aliassime in the knockout stages, but the Canadian will face a difficult second-round matchup against former champion Andy Murray, who has received an invite.
Norrie won his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells earlier this month and will play Argentina's Federico Delbonis in the first clash in what will be his first meeting. Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is a possible semi-final opponent for Djokovic and starts against South African Lloyd Harris or Alex de Minaur.
Djokovic was last seen on the court at the US Open
Novak Djokovic came across the actress in a salon- an evening the actress has said she will never forget, admitting they had a very interesting conversation. Svetlana sensed the greatness of Novak as an individual in general.
At the end of the day, it was time well spent and one to remember. The 73-year-old actress spoke about the meeting with Djokovic and stated, “We sat with him in the salon and talked. It was a wonderful evening. It is always nice and important to talk to such a wonderful and great man and then to an athlete.
There are always topics to talk about with him. It was really an evening to remember and everyone was surprised”. Over the years, with all the success that Novak has earned, one can say that he is one of the most popular personalities not just in Serbia but across the globe. Wherever he goes all over the world, he is well recognized and his popularity exceeds national boundaries.