epa03637110 Tobias Kamke of Germany returns the ball against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their second round match at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Miami, Florida, USA, 22 March 2013. Kamke upset the fifth seed in straight sets. EPA/RHONA WISE |
World No.1 Novak Djokovic will return to The Boodles grass-court tournament as part of his preparations for Wimbledon this year. The Boodles will be held from June 18-22 at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.
Djokovic is a regular visitor to The Boodles and first competed at Stoke Park in 2006.
“I’m so happy to be coming back to The Boodles. It’s always great preparation for Wimbledon for me because I know that the quality of the tennis and the opponents is always really high,” said Djokovic. “Stoke Park is a beautiful place to play and the crowd always makes it lots of fun for us too.”
Djokovic will be joined at The Boodles 2013 by former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, 2011 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, Croatia’s Marin Cilic and rising Canadian star Milos Raonic.
Talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet has also signed up to return, as has Bulgarian Up and comer Grigor Dimitrov .
As Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka ready for their semi-final match Friday evening under the lights on Rod Laver Arena, expectations are high. Not only are both players in top form, having torn through their respective Australian Open draws, but they have also provided show-stopping performances in Melbourne over the past two years.
Andy Murray’s point in the direction of his box after punching his ticket to a fourth Australian Open final on Thursday seemed to say it all. The Scot’s camp could breathe a sigh of relief after watching Murray defeat World No. 7 Tomas Berdych 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in a thrilling semi-final match that featured equal parts drama and intensity.
Novak Djokovic has countless fans worldwide, but perhaps none bigger than three-month-old son Stefan. The World No. 1’s wife, Jelena, tweeted a photo of Stefan watching his dad on television during his quarter-final match against Milos Raonic at the Australian Open.
The singles semifinals, of course, stole all the headlines (well, except this one!) on Thursday at the Australian Open. That was always going to be the case with a lineup featuring Serena Williams vs. Madison Keys, Andy Murray vs. Tomas Berdych, and Maria Sharapova also in action.