Goran Djokovic has revealed that his nephew Novak Djokovic will play in Belgrade this year. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, played at the Serbia Open last year leading up to the French Open. Djokovic suffered a shock loss to Aslan Karatsev in the Belgrade semifinal but went on to win the French Open.
Goran sarcastically said that Djokovic shouldn't have problems in Belgrade, like he had in Australia. "Unlike the problems in Australia, everything should be fine here. Novak confirmed that he will certainly participate, and we still have a lot of attractive applications, so we expect a strong tournament again," Goran told Telegraf.
Djokovic preparing to speak about the Australia visa debacle
Djokovic hasn't yet publicly addressed what went down in Australia. Djokovic met with Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic last week and revealed he plans in 7-10 days to speak about the Australia saga.
"Thank you for the welcome," Djokovic said last Thursday. "Today I wanted to see you, as a citizen of Serbia, to thank you for your support, as well as all the institutions during the unfortunate events in Australia.
Although I was detained alone, I did not feel lonely, I had the support of my family, friends, the entire Serbian people, many well-meaning people from all over the world tried personally and publicly to make my time in Australia easier.
You had no obligation to provide support, but I want you to know that I feel great gratitude that you stood up for me, put yourself in a compromising situation. That is appreciated and respected, I will remember it for a long time and my connection and my attitude towards the Serbian people is getting stronger day by day.
Those circumstances that happened to me in Australia taught me and that bond will last forever. Since I did not speak before, please be patient, in the next seven to ten days I will address in more detail everything that happened in Australia." The Serbia Open in Belgrade will take place between April 18-24.