Novak Djokovic takes wildcard for Geneva Open before French Open

Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard to play at the ATP 250 Geneva Open, which begins May 19.

Djokovic last played in Rome against world No 32 Alejandro Tabilo, where he lost in straight sets. In his match prior to that, against France’s Corentin Moutet, he was accidentally struck on the head by a metal water bottle that fell from a spectator’s backpack.

Following defeat to Tabilo, he underwent medical tests in Belgrade, Serbia, to investigate whether the incident with the bottle had caused an ongoing concussion.

It is atypical for Djokovic to play an event at this level, particularly at a stage in his career when he is focussed on adding to his 24 Grand Slam titles, alongside chasing an Olympic gold medal, which he has never won.

Losing both as early as he did and in the way that he did in Rome, however, has prompted him to get more time on court before he defends the French Open title at Roland Garros in Paris.

The Athletic has contacted Djokovic’s camp for comment.



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