World number 1 Novak Djokovic will play the 2021 Mallorca Championship in preparation for Wimbledon. The Serbian receives an invitation from the tournament director, Toni Nadal (remember that Rafael Nadal will not play the grass season and the Tokyo Olympics).
Djokovic will also attend the official opening of the new center court stadium at Mallorca Country Club on Friday June 18, 2021. Djokovic will play an exhibition match with his coach Goran Ivanisevic and former world No.2 Tommy Haas.
Edwin Weindorfer, CEO of e | motion group said: "We are very happy that Novak Djokovic begins preparing him for the climax of the season at Wimbledon in the Mallorca Championship. After the intense weeks of the French Open in Paris with many grueling matches, he will concentrate on practicing at the Mallorca Country Club in the coming days, but he also helps put the tournament in the spotlight by participating in the doubles competition.
To have another big star like Dominic Thiem, who last September celebrated his greatest success by winning the US Open in New York, is also a HUGE honor for our tournament and our new club." Not just Novak Djokovic: other ATP stars are also expected at the 2021 Mallorca Championships.
In fact, the men's singles draw will also feature Dominic Thiem, Norway's Casper Ruud and Russian Karen Khachanov. Novak Djokovic won 1 Grand Slams (19 in total), 31 Masters 1000 (out of 36 total) in the last 10 years and stayed at the top of the world rankings for 324 weeks, breaking most of his opponents' records.
Todd Woodbridge believes Novak Djokovic can win Wimbledon
Todd Woodbridge believes Novak Djokovic can win Wimbledon, the US Open and the singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year to complete the rare Calendar Golden Slam.
"The Golden Slam - it is very much on the cards, there is no doubt about that," Woodbridge said on Sports Sunday. "What Novak managed to produce in Paris, in two comebacks from two sets to love down, is some of the best mental stuff you'll ever see.
That final, to come back against [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, fantastic effort from him," Woodbridge said. "And he's just freshening up, he's down in Mallorca on grass courts getting ready as his preparation for Wimbledon.
He most definitely goes in a heavy, heavy favorite for Wimbledon." The 50-year-old admitted that Novak Djokovic doesn't display the best conduct on court at times, but pointed out that the Serb needs to vent his frustrations to win matches.
"Now, he does get a bit gnarly at times on court but he's an athlete that's able to focus that into what he needs to do to get the result done," Woodbridge said.