Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will team up with fellow compatriot Olga Danilovic to play an exhibition mixed doubles match against Croatia's Borna Coric and Anja Konjuh. The Adria Tour event in Zadar is set to take place this coming weekend and the opening ceremony of the event will take place on Friday.
The opening ceremony will feature a star-studded clash as the Croatian fans will have a chance to see its two stars clashing against world No. 1 Djokovic and rising Serbian star Danilovic. Last Friday, Djokovic teamed up with former world No.
1 Jelena Jankovic, who was playing her first match since US Open 2017. Djokovic and Jankovic claimed a tight win as they edged out Nenad Zimonjic and Danilovic 7-6 (5). The match was a part of the opening ceremony of the Adria Tour event in Belgrade.
Novak Djokovic wants to make the most out of his time in Zadar
17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic has practiced with Coric and world No. 7 Alexander Zverev ahead of the Adria Tour event in Zadar. "The feeling is great.
Yesterday I practiced with Borna Coric, today with Zverev for the first time here on the Centre Court. It looks very beautiful. Zadar is a city known for sports, especially basketball. Today we will play basketball, Zverev is especially thrilled because he really loves that sport," Djokovic told Sport Klub.
The 33-year-old Serb has never before been to Zadar before and he wants to enjoy his time in Croatia. "Those are rare moments when we can compete and also hang out off the court," Djokovic added. "For now, I haven't seen much of Zadar because I have multiple roles here and in the organization.
I'm trying to be available for whatever is needed. It was a bit different for me in Belgrade, there were even more responsibilities. Here, the Croatian Tennis Federation has given us a lot of people -- they are doing an exceptional job.
My younger brother Djordje is here, who is the director of the whole Adria Tour. "Everything has been going well, we hope the atmosphere in the stands will be nice, I want to thank for their interest." Novak Djokovic failed to make the group stage in Belgrade and he will be extremely motivated to win it all in Zadar.