The players who have their residence in Monte Carlo could have an advantage over the rest during the Masters 1,000 dispute that begins this Sunday: they will be able to rest in their residences during the tournament and leave the 'bubble'
That is the concession that the organization will grant to players like Novak Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Medvedev or Zverev who have established their home there, in a Principality where its tax benefits are known. The rest of the players, in the case of Rafael Nadal, must stay in the official hotel of the tournament, although they could have some concession to get out of the 'bubble'
The measure is one more step in the relaxation of anti-COVID measures in the circuit, which recently revised its protocols. To benefit from the possibility of exiting the 'bubble', players must prove their Monegasque nationality, their passport or an identification card.
In addition, this will require that the players who take advantage of this advantage will have to pay for the additional PCR they need each time they leave or enter the 'bubble' to go to their homes, where their team members could also be accommodated.
This rule, which also benefits tennis players such as Berrettini, Sinner, Goffin, Cilic, Musetti and Auger-Aliassime, is carried out by the high number of players who have their official residence in the Principality. In cases like the next Grand Slam, Wimbledon, the organization has foreseen that all the players reside in a specific hotel and cannot leave the security zone.
Including the British. Serbian tennis star Laslo Djere has recalled meeting compatriot and one of his childhood idols Novak Djokovic when he was a child. In an interview with ATPtour.com, the 25-year-old said that there are quite a few tennis stars that he grew up watching.
Laslo Djere says he saw Novak Djokovic up close at Davis Cup as a kid
In response to a question on whether he recalls meeting a childhood idol, Laslo Djere said, “When I was a kid maybe some tennis players that were my idols but I met them a long time ago, I guess.
Someone like Novak Djokovic, I met him when I was a child”. He revealed that he does have some memories of watching the current World No.1 in action. He added that it was that treasured boyhood moment that drew him to tennis and served as motivation for him as he turned professional.
“First I guess I saw him (Djokovic) playing in the Davis Cup and that was also good for me and exciting. I can’t remember (the details) because I was really small and really young, but for sure it motivated me,” the 25-year-old said.