Novak Djokovic: When top players leave impressed, that opens big doors



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Novak Djokovic: When top players leave impressed, that opens big doors

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was extremely happy that the stars that competed at the Adria Tour event in Belgrade enjoyed the tournament. Some of the biggest names of the game accepted Djokovic's invitation to come and play the Adria Tour in Belgrade.

Dominic Thiem, ranked at No. 3 in the world, seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev and 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov made their appearance in Belgrade. Besides Djokovic, several more Serbian stars competed in Belgrade as Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Viktor Troicki and Nikola Milojevic were also a part of the Adria Tour.

Damir Dzumhur, a three-time ATP champion, suffered an injury in his first match at the tournament and he was later replaced by Milojevic. The local fans hoped Djokovic would win it all but he failed to make it past the group stage.

Instead, it was Thiem who won the event after beating 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Krajinovic in a three-set final. "That's the key. When you have positive impressions of the top players, then it opens the big doors.

There is a lot of competition, but it is to our advantage that I am from here, that we had a tournament, that they were satisfied," Djokovic said, per Sport Klub.

Novak Djokovic hopes to have a women's event at the Adria Tour

This Saturday, Croatia's Donna Vekic and rising Serbian star Olga Danilovic will play an exhibition match as part of the Adria Tour event in Zadar.

Djokovic would love to have a women's event at the Adria Tour but he admits pulling that off won't be easy. "We will do our best, in cooperation with the Serbian Tennis Federation, to bring a men's and women's tournament.

We have that as a goal. Whether it is possible depends on several factors. There are a lot of tournaments, it's a few weeks. We don't know how the season will continue, it's difficult because the situation is different everywhere.

Everyone treats the coronavirus differently. I hope that everything will return to normal soon," Djokovic said. The Adria Tour event in Montenegro -- scheduled for July 27-28 -- won't take place. "Basically, I wanted to visit all the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

This is very difficult because each country has its own measures and regulations. Somewhere it is easier to implement everything, somewhere it is harder. When it comes to the third week, we still don't have anything for sure. We will announce on Monday or Tuesday. There are several locations," Novak Djokovic said.