Key dates within the clay court tour are approaching. The place where it all ends, the Philippe Chatrier, will see a huge number of gladiators parade through her at the next Roland Garros 2021. The tournament has already announced on its official website the list of players who will be in Paris, or that, at least, they appear in the first place, still having a certain intention of appearing in the second Grand Slam of the year.
And the main novelty is that Roger Federer... is on the list. It is only the second clay-court tournament in which the Basel player is listed. After saying yes to the Madrid tournament, for which it is also on the list, different media speculate that Roger may also accept an invitation to play the Geneva tournament, on local soil and two weeks before (after the delay of the Parisian Major) from the starting gun in Paris.
After some alarms that could indicate his withdrawal, the official list does include Federer among the players who, as of today, April 14, 2021, would play Roland Garros 2021. Novak Djokovic's brother Djordje Djokovic, who is also the tournament director of the Serbia Open, recently spoke with the "Wish & Go" podcast about a wide range of topics.
Djordje touched upon Roger Federer's possible future participation in Belgrade, before going on to discuss Novak Djokovic's disqualification from the US Open last year and how tough it is to control your emotions on the court.
Novak Djokovic's brother on Roger Federer
"I was watching with a friend, to whom I immediately said: 'This is done, he is going to get disqualified'," Novak Djokovic's brother said. "It was inevitable and I cannot say that it was an unfair decision; those are the rules of tennis.
On the other hand, if the woman who got hit did not fall down on the court, Novak would not have been disqualified. I am biased, but I feel her reaction was a bit exaggerated." Djordje also revealed how his brother had a tendency to angrily swat the ball away even in his practice sessions.
"It was not the first time that Novak Djokovic did such a thing, to hit balls all over the court," Djordje said. "We have spoken frequently about it, we begged him for years not to do it because it used to happen in practice as well: he would accidentally hit a ball close to someone.
But again, you cannot always keep your emotions in check; I think Roger Federer is the only one who is able to do that, he is so calm and composed. Even Rafael Nadal has some emotional outbursts."