Well, it will be a lackluster edition of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. The Masters 1000 of the Spanish capital already adds 10 tennis players who ended up getting off the boat a few days after starting the activity of their main draw in the men's branch, where two members of the “Big-3"
Today, the experienced French player Richard Gasquet joined that list. The current world number 52 dropped out of the next tournament after withdrawing from the Estoril Open after suffering an injury after his first-round match against Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.
In this way, Gasquet joins an increasingly large list waiting for the draw for his main draw to be held today. Already in the week, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who had removed the Madrid competition from his calendar, had spoken about it.
Also in recent days, players such as cro ties Marin Cilic and Italian Lorenzo Sonego. The first due to his participation in the Estoril Open, where he is already in the quarterfinals, while the second has been suffering an injury since his coronation in Cagliari.
Previously, the Swiss Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the Belgian David Goffin, the Frenchman Gael Monfils, the Canadian Milos Raonic and the Croatian Borna Coric had already declined the invitation. These are the 10 tennis players, who, for the moment, have dropped out of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, with several important names within the ATP circuit.
Viktor Troicki recently claimed that compatriot Novak Djokovic is unfairly painted in a bad light by the Western media.
Troicki speaks about Novak Djokovic
"We all see that aversion, it is very easy to see," Troicki said.
"The fact is that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before Novak Djokovic appeared, and then suddenly a guy from Serbia came and won all the tournaments. That doesn't please others. We all know what the situation has been like in our country in recent decades.
The world does not have a good image of us, so not everyone, but some condemn him and have a wrong image of him. He is above all a well-meaning man, he wants to help everyone, which he has shown many times," Troicki added.
"(The fact) that they condemn him, is because they don't know him or they want to make a sensation where there isn't one. It's not nice, they are wrong in many situations." Viktor Troicki, on his part, claimed that while Novak Djokovic might find it tough to triumph at Roland Garros, he is the player to beat at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
"His priority is to win Grand Slams," Troicki said. "In Paris it can be a little more difficult, but he is a favorite at Wimbledon and at the US Open, he certainly wins another Slam this year."