World No. 3 Dominic Thiem is confident that he will be the best prepared player when the time comes for the Adria Tour. Novak Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, introduced his plans to host the Adria Tour from June 13 - July 5.
The Adria Tour will take place across four Balkan countries -- Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro -- and some of the biggest names of the game have confirmed their participation. Thiem returned to action last week at the Austrian Pro Series and so far he has claimed wins in each of his three matches played.
The top-ranked Austrian handed straight-set defeats to Lucas Miedler and David Pichler, while he recovered from a set down to avoid a big upset against Sandro Kopp. "I am very lucky because I think I am the only tennis player in the tournament who has already played some competitive matches.
I had the opportunity to play the Pro Series in Austria and everything seems to indicate that I will be the best prepared tennis player in Belgrade," Thiem told New Media Team.
Thiem confident he will be the best prepared in the Djokovic tournament
"I'm very lucky because I think I am the only tennis player in the tournament who has already played some competitive matches.
Dominic Thiem and Djokovic could meet In Belgrade
Thiem, 26, and 33-year-old Djokovic faced off against each other earlier this year in the Australian Open final and they will likely meet when the Adria Tour makes its stop in Belgrade.
Thiem, who was bidding to win his maiden Grand Slam title, was up by two sets to one before Djokovic stormed back to win the match and claimed a record eighth Australian Open title. Besides Thiem and Djokovic, world No. 7 Alexander Zverev, 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, rising Croatian star Borna Coric and former world No.
12 Viktor Troicki have also signed up to play. It remains to be seen will Dominic Thiem enter the Adria Tour as prepared as he hopes to be.