World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is extremely happy with the player field for the Adria Tour event in Zadar as he hopes it will be a great weekend of tennis. The first leg of Adria Tour took place last week in Belgrade and now the event moves to Croatia.
The Adria Tour event event featured a strong player field as Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic and Nikola Milojevic participated. This week in Zadar, Djokovic, Zverev and Dimitrov will return for the second leg and they will be joined by Andrey Rublev, Borna Coric, Marin Cilic, Danilo Petrovic and Pedja Krstin.
"This is a charity tournament, thanks to everyone who got involved and helped us in the organization. This is my first time in Zadar, which is beautiful. Congratulations to Danilo Petrovic and Pedja Krstin, who qualified for the Adria Tour through the qualifying event.
This is a phenomenal group of players and great tennis awaits us," Djokovic said in his pre-tournament press conference, as revealed on Sport Klub.
Novak Djokovic's coach also happy with the player field
Goran Ivanisevic, the coach of Djokovic, was appointed as the tournament director for the Adria Tour event in Zadar.
The Croatian tennis legend expects a great weekend of tennis as he has praised those who are set to participate. "We have gathered eight magnificent ones and top tennis awaits us. You saw how it was in Belgrade, no one spared anyon.
It was stressful to be the director of the tournament, but I thank Novak who with his vision contributed to everything being at the top level," Ivanisevic said. Meanwhile, Petrovic and Krstin made the final of the qualifying event organized by the Croatian Tennis Federation and received wildcards for the Adria Tour.
"Everyone before me has already said that it is a privilege to be here, imagine what it's like for me. We lower-ranked players don’t often have an opportunity like this. Thank you Novak on behalf of all of us, I hope that there will be even more regional events like this, but also that I will justify being part of this group, Petrovic said.
Krstin, who was beaten by Petrovic on Friday, said: "It is an honor to be in this company, I hope I will be able to compete with them." Novak Djokovic enters the event as the main favorite to win it all.