World No. 3 Novak Djokovic will play in the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club, according to James Gray. Djokovic, 35, has not played in any grass-court events this grass-court season but will have a match or two on grass before Wimbledon.
Last week, coach Goran Ivanisevic revealed that Djokovic was unlikely to play an ATP grass-court event before Wimbledon. "Probably nothing (before Wimbledon). We'll see, but now is the time to recover mentally. Like I said before, people like Novak are geniuses with a different way of thinking, they need a little time to go back and put some things in their head, but it still takes time.
So, that's it, and he has experienced disappointments before, I know he will be ready for grass," Ivanisevic told Sport Klub. The Hurlingham exhibition will feature some of the biggest names in the game, as Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz have confirmed their participation.
On Friday, Nadal confirmed that he is scheduled to compete at Wimbledon and also revealed his plans to compete at the Hurlingham exhibition. "I will travel to London, play two matches there before the tournament and follow my normal schedule to prepare for Wimbledon," Nadal said.
"Who knows what can happen in a couple of days, if the situation changes or something more negative (happens), there will be a moment to explain it. But I am excited to travel to Wimbledon and play for the first time in three years."
After the ATP removed ranking points from this year's Wimbledon, some feared top players would skip the tournament. However, that will not be the case, as all the big names in the game have confirmed their participation.
Djokovic is ready for the Wimbledon Championships
It looks like Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam campaign of 2022 is set to end the way it started. "I was never against vaccination, but I've always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.
The principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else. I'm trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can," Djokovic said. World No. 310 Andreea Prisacariu has also shown her support for Djokovic, terming the situation "horrible."
"I read that Nole has many chances NOT to play the US Open. What in the name of Jesus??? This whole situation is beyond horrible. Got no words to describe the feeling. I am pissed," Prisacariu tweeted.