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 .
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