Novak Djokovic says he hopes to stick with the Adria Tour regardless of final 12 months’s occasion being struck by a COVID outbreak.
Djokovic and spouse Jelena have been amongst those that examined optimistic for the virus in the course of the exhibition occasion final summer time.
Though no native guidelines on social distancing have been damaged, Djokovic nonetheless got here in for criticism for a perceived failure to guard the general public and ultimately apologised.
Nevertheless, the motivation behind the occasion was to assist assist tennis and tennis gamers within the Balkans, and that may be a trigger that’s nonetheless very a lot near his coronary heart.
“I wish to manage the Adria Tour once more,” Novak Djokovic mentioned forward of Belgrade 2.
“I believe this concept is gorgeous, to assist tennis within the Balkans, to unite the area with the assistance of sport. It is likely one of the few areas that unites folks.
“I believe what we managed to place collectively final 12 months was enjoyable and I would like that to proceed.
“As a tennis participant, I need to journey as a lot as attainable to the area and international locations of the previous Yugoslavia.”
Belgrade has returned to the ATP and WTA schedules this 12 months for the primary time in 9 years, and the week delay to the beginning of the French Open created a window to placed on a second occasion.
“This match (Belgrade 2) was a shock for all of us as a result of postponement of Roland Garros for every week,” Djokovic added.
“Below regular circumstances, within the subsequent few years we may have an ATP match and a WTA match.
“The success of a rustic in tennis lies within the variety of tournaments which might be performed at dwelling.
“We’re working to arrange extra tournaments sooner or later. For the youngest who’re beginning, having extra tournaments at dwelling will imply that there are much less journeys and due to this fact much less bills.”