Former Wimbledon Champion and ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Director Richard Krajicek said that he will not try persuading the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to play at the event even though the Big 3 are in the twilight of their career.
“For Federer, Nadal and Djokovic we have to wait a long time before we get a commitment from them. I am informed every year what their plans are and we take our chances when they make themselves available. But we will no longer stall everything for their answer, be it yes or no,” Krajicek said.
For some time now, Krajicek has not focused on bring crowd pullers and the budget is used to bring other players from the Top-10. This year Daniil Medvedev, Stéfanos Tsitsipás and Gaël Monfils, among others, are some of the prominent names at the indoor tournament.
"The starting point is a broad field of participants and that will be the case next year," commented Krajicek. "I remember that in 2010 I had to wait until mid-October for Djokovic's commitment. Fortunately, he did indeed participate then, because there was no one else available anymore.
priority." He also spoke about the Dutch Men’s tennis scenario, saying, "It stands in stark contrast to Dutch women's tennis and especially Kiki Bertens. It is not easy for Robin either. We had to rely on him for a long time and he had - except for Thiemo de Bakker in the beginning - no fellow countryman to pull himself up”.