The ATP Tour returns to Belgrade for the first time since 2012 because of Novak Djokovic and his family initiatives. However, the former Serbian and Yugoslav tennis player Radmilo Armenulic expressed his happiness on Serbia Open’s reestablishment.
An ATP 250 tournament was held by Novak Djokovic family from 2009 to 2012 in Belgrade clay courts in the name of Serbia Open. Meanwhile, host Djokovic took home the championship trophy in 2009, and 2011. Later, the Serbia Open was replaced on the ATP tour schedule by German’s Dusseldorf Open in 2013.
Anyway, the Belgrade 250 event returned in the calendar as a replacement of Hungarian Open, which took place from 2017 to 2019 in Budapest. The Serbia Open is scheduled from 19th April to 25th April 2021 at Novak Tennis Center.
“I am overjoyed that Novak Djokovic’s initiative succeeded. He reacted quickly. He used the fact that Budapest cancelled and convinced the ATP leaders to give Serbia a chance instead of Hungary to organise a tournament that will mean a lot to our tennis”, the former Yugoslav Davis Cup captain Radmilo Armenulic said in a recent conversation.
“I Believe That Novak Djokovic Will Play In That Tournament”: Radmilo Armenulic
The 80-years-old Serb also anticipated his countryman and the 17-Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic would play in the 2021 Serbia Cup. Armenulic expected Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Viktor Troicki, Miomir Kecmanovic, Laslo Djero and both lower-ranked and young players participations.
Armenulic said, “I believe that Novak Djokovic will play in that tournament, and his very appearance could draw some more players from the world top to come to Belgrade, as well as attract a lot of attention from the world media.” ( Quotes translated into English via Google translator)
“It is too early to talk about the list of participants, but players with whom Novak Djokovic has an excellent relationship will certainly come to Belgrade, such as Vasek Pospisil, as well as other players from the newly formed PTPA organisation,” Radmilo added.
Armenulic also explained that the tournament organisers would award special invitations to young players. And he believes it would improve their ranking ratings and help them participate in stronger tournaments.