Great "last minute" move by ATP Acapulco organizers. Novak Djokovic will be the six top ten player to be in the event next week along with Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin.
The World No. 2, who played only two ATP events (Doha and Australian Open) and Davis Cup so far this season, had announced that he would have competed again in Indian Wells, but decided to anticipate his comeback and so will play the Mexican event for the first time in his career after that he had played always ATP Dubai since 2007.
'When we understood there was the chance, we didn't hesitate to ask him a wild card', said the tournament director Raul Zurutuza. 'We thought that it would have been very difficult, so it was a big surprise to get his reply. Novak is very excited to come to Acapulco for the first time and to be part of the best draw in the tournament history. Fewer events of our category can have six top ten players in the draw.'
Djokovic is practicing in Monte Carlo these days. On Tuesday his practice session was streamed on his Facebook page and at the end of the video, Djokovic asked his wife Jelena, who filmed the video for more than 12 minutes, to swip her mobile phone to him. 'No, I like to take the camera, it’s nice', Djokovic said in Serbian. 'It makes me feel more into it, more I guess, friendly.'
After a few seconds where Nole thanked everyone, Jelena, who was thinking that the video was finished, said: 'How are you behaving yourself? For heaven's sake. 'Thank you, love. Thank you.' Isn’t that what you should be saying?'
'I just wanted to film', Djokovic replied. 'I don't know why you wanted…'