Archeological Park director Semir Osmanagic has revealed Novak Djokovic will take on Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in an exhibition match on July 13, Bosnian newspaper Avaz has reported. The Archeological Park in Bosnia, a place where Djokovic loves to come to recharge his batteries, is getting two tennis courts.
The opening of the courts is scheduled for July 13 and the Archeological Park organization is planning to make a special ceremony, which will feature 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. In the other singles match, Aljaz Bedene will clash Bosnia’s Aldin Setkic.
Djokovic will also play a doubles match as he and Setkic will take on Bedene and Dodig. “We are pleased to confirm the participation of big tennis names in the opening of our tennis courts. Novak confirmed his arrival on July 13, when the opening ceremony of this unique complex in our country is planned,” Osmanagic told Avaz.
Djokovic set to open the courts at the Archeological Park
“From 2023, we want to be the organizers of the Pyramids Cup, which would bring together four of the best tennis players from the region. We hope there would play Marin Cilic, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, maybe Borna Coric, Damir Dumhur, if his schedule allows him maybe even Djokovic.
The tournament would be played immediately after Wimbledon,” Osmanagic revealed. Meanwhile, Djokovic is preparing for Wimbledon. Djokovic hasn’t entered any grass events leading up to Wimbledon as his coach Goran Ivanisevic revealed the Serb will likely only play at The Championships during the grass season.
“Probably nothing (before Wimbledon). We will see, but now is the time to recover mentally. As I said before, people like Novak are geniuses with a different way of thinking – they need a little time to come back and put some things together in their head, but it still takes time.
Then that’s it, and he has experienced disappointments before, I know he will be ready for the grass,” Ivanisevic said. Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion and he will return to the event this year as the defending champion.