London | Djokovic joins Queen’s line-up
Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard to compete at next week’s Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club, tournament organisers revealed yesterday.
The premier grasscourt warm-up event for The Championships which starts next Monday, will also feature Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios and a stellar cast of entrants looking to get valuable grass court practice in preparation for the third grand slam event at the All England club.
Grass is very special, it is the rarest of surfaces so I'm happy I'll have the opportunity to compete at this strong tournament, which will also be a great preparation for Wimbledon. I have happy memories of reaching the final at The Queen's Club 10 years ago and also winning the doubles title. Novak Djokovic
Former world No.1 Djokovic has been working to regain the form which took him to the top of the rankings after undergoing elbow surgery earlier this year. His form is certainly on the up as he showed at Roland Garros where he made the quarter finals where he lost to the Italia journeyman Marco Cecchinato.
He did receive treatment for neck pain in that match which cast doubts as to whether he would participate at Wimbledon this year.
“After the exciting events in Rome and Paris, I’m ready for new challenges,” Djokovic, a runner-up at Queen’s Club in 2008, said on the tournament’s website.
“Grass is very special, it is the rarest of surfaces so I’m happy I’ll have the opportunity to compete at this strong tournament, which will also be a great preparation for Wimbledon.
“I have happy memories of reaching the final at The Queen’s Club 10 years ago and also winning the doubles title.”
World No.1 Rafael Nadal and Britain’s Andy Murray are also scheduled to play at Queen’s, but question marks remain as to whether they will.
After winning his 11th French Open title last Sunday, Nadal said he would have to see how his body felt before committing to the grass court season while Murray a five-times winner at Queen’s, has been out of action since last July with a hip problem. He should be revealing his decision later this week.
Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka, whose ranking plummeted to 263 in the world this week after he too endured injury problems over the past year, are also in the draw.