The countdown to the premiere of the Mallorca Championships has started with the presence of the first tennis players on the training courts of the Mallorca Country Club. The world number one Novak Djokovic, Daniel Medvedev (2) and Dominic Thiem (5) have led the racket cast that began their preparation this Thursday with the Spanish Pablo Carreño and the local tennis player Jaume Munar.
Track 1 has witnessed the expected arrival of Djokovic in Santa Ponça. The winner of 19 Grand Slam titles has worked out for two hours to begin his transition from clay to grass. The news of the recent Roland Garros champion's participation in the doubles draw of the tournament has raised enormous expectations internationally, putting the Mallorca Championships in the center of all the spotlight as a preliminary step to Wimbledon.
Medvedev, on the other hand, shared a session with Munar. The Russian player sets foot in the Mallorca Country Club after reaching the quarterfinals in Paris and, in his adaptation to the green surface, he has recently participated in the ATP500 in Halle, now seeking more rhythm of matches as a previous step to his presence in Wimbledon.
For his part, the Mallorcan, who has been training for a few days, will play his first tournament of the course on grass at home. Thiem rushes in Calvià his preparation for the third Grand Slam after still not having competed since the French Open.
The 27-year-old Austrian sets off hoping to improve on the knockout stages reached in 2017 at the All England Club. Carreño has been on the other side of the net on Track 3. The Asturian player is in a similar situation competing for the first time since he reached the fourth round at the second Grand Slam in 2021.
The 29-year-old aims to raise his bar on grass in his country above the semi-finals achieved at ATP Antalya in 2019.
Novak Djokovic is outlasting the youngsters
Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world, currently. These are not opinions, but facts based on statistics.
He is way ahead of others when it comes to the level of the game. At the age of 34, he is outlasting the youngsters. After clinching the Roland Garros, Djokovic will be in London to defend his Wimbledon Championship when the grass court event begins.
“I want to be at my best at Wimbledon, but at the US Open and the Olympic Games as well; these are my priorities until the end of the year. The schedule is really tough, there is only 10 to 15 days between Wimbledon and the Olympics, which is not ideal, but it is not the first time that I am in that kind of situation.
I am pleased with the way I am recovering; physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Djokovic in an interview TennisMajors.