World No. 97 Alejandro Tabilo is grateful to Serbia Open tournament director Djordje Djokovic for giving him a wildcard into next week's ATP event in Belgrade. Tabilo, who made his maiden ATP final in Cordoba earlier this year, is set to debut on the clay courts of Belgrade.
"Huge thanks to Djordje Djokovic and the Serbia Open for giving me a wildcard to participate directly in the main draw of their ATP 250 event in Belgrade," Tabilo wrote on his Instagram Story.
The Djokovic family wanted to bring Kyrgios
Last month, Djordje Djokovic revealed he would like to be Kyrgios' guest in Belgrade as a way of showing his grattitude for the he support he showed during the Australia visa debacle.
"I want to bring Nick Kyrgios to Belgrade, to thank him for supporting Novak, Belgrade and Serbia. He is an entertainer, he doesn't mince his words and he will always express his opinion, whatever it may be. But above all, he is a serious athlete and tennis player.
I hope that he will come to the Serbia Open before he finishes his tennis career," Djordje Djokovic said on K1's "Kec na jedanaest" show. In February, Novak Djokovic said he was pleasantly surprised by Kyrgios' public support.
“I respect my colleagues and I understand that some of them didn’t want to speak up, and some of them criticised me or didn’t like the way I entered Australia. I just wish that they listened to my side of the story.
But their position was not easy, there was so much attention on the whole saga, and they understandably wanted to talk about themselves and the tournament," Djokovic said. “Nick Kyrgios surprised me pleasantly, I thanked him and all of the others who stood up for me, Alize Cornet for instance.
I received a lot of messages privately from some of the players, but they didn’t want to speak publicly. I understand it, the situation was complicated."