Djokovic Australian Open 2021

No fans at the Serbia Open this year, says brother of Novak Djokovic

The brother of Novak Djokovic has confirmed that this year’s Serbia Open will be held behind closed doors due to several cases of Covid-19. 

The 2020 Serbia Open was filled with controversy after several players including Novak Djokovic contracted Covid-19.

Event organiser and brother of the World No 1 Djordie Djokovic has confirmed that, as with many events this year, fans will not be permitted to attend.

“Unfortunately, there will be no fans this year as we’re in a difficult situation with a lot of people contracting the virus on a daily basis,” the ATP 250 event’s organiser Djordje Djokovic told Serbia’s Nova S television.

“It’s a very difficult year for everyone and the restrictions have resulted in a lot injuries. Regrettably, Borna Coric and Stan Wawrinka have had to pull out but it’s still going to be a very strong field.

“Apart from Novak, Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfis and Aslan Karatsev will enter the tournament, as will Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic. A lot of top 30 players will be here.”

The Serbia Open hasn’t been held as a 250 event on the ATP tour since 2013, though Hungary’s announcement that they will be unable to host their 250 tournament allowed Belgrade to step up.

The Serbia Open, which was introduced in 2009 before its hiatus in 2013, has twice been won by World No 1 and home favourite Novak Djokovic (2009, 2011), with Sam Querrey and Andreas Seppi also lifting titles in Belgrade.
The tournament will be held at the Novak tennis centre and starts on April 19.

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