Novak Djokovic

‘Novak Djokovic playing week before French Open is unusual’ claims Boris Becker

Boris Becker believes Novak Djokovic playing the Belgrade Open ahead of the French Open is “unusual” as the top players are “usually already preparing in Paris”.

The six-time major winner coached Djokovic from the end of 2013 until 2016 – during which time the Serbian won six Grand Slam titles.

World No. 1 Djokovic will play Alex Molcan in the final of the ATP 250 event in Belgrade tomorrow – the day before Roland Garros begins.

“He has changed his tournament schedule this year. The tournament in Belgrade is organised by his brother. Maybe it’s a kind of family support to play there – then I could understand it,” Becker told Eurosport.

“Nevertheless, it is unusual because the top players are usually already in Paris the week before Roland Garros and prepare for the tournament on site.

“Whether this unusual way was right, we will only see when he has played the first round in Paris and hopefully won.”

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