Following eight years of hiatus, the Serbian Open will take place this month in Belgrade. However, Djordje Djokovic, the tournament director, sincerely hopes that the former World No.1 Roger Federer will compete in this event before hanging his racquet on a nail.
In the ATP tour calendar, the Serbian Open 2021 will occur from 19th to 25th April at the Belgrade Novak Tennis Centre. And the prize money for this 250 category event is €650,000. The World No.1 Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, Aslan Karatsev and many others will be this year’s contestants.
“We Could Not Afford To Spend All Of Our Money On One Player”: Djordje Djokovic
Novak Djokovic’s youngest brother Djordje revealed the reason behind why they have not sent an invitation to Roger Federer for this year’s event. And he hopes that they will try their best to bring Swiss Maestro to compete in Belgrade in the upcoming years.
“We have not invited Roger this year because we had to take into consideration our budget; we could not afford to spend all of our money on one player. We had to distribute money the other way, to spread it, but we hope to see Federer in Belgrade in the coming years,” Djordje Djokovic said in the recent Wish&Go podcast.
The 25-year-old Serb continued, “It is my sincere hope that we will be able to host him at least once before he ends his career. We will invite him next year. I can promise that.”
However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to the ATP tour last month in Doha after a long break. According to recent reports, Federer makes his clay-court comeback at the Madrid Open.
And Roger agrees to play in the ATP 500 category grass-court event in Halle, Germany, until 2022. Notably, Roger will celebrate his 40th birthday on 8th August. Let’s see what will happen in the upcoming days, whether he will travel to Belgrade or not.