Novak Djokovic Says He’s “Neutral” On Combined ATP/WTA Events
Talking to the press yesterday in Shanghai, Novak Djokovic doesn’t sound like a big supporter of combined ATP/WTA tournaments, like the event in Beijing last weekend.
“I’m going to have to be neutral at that because I didn’t really still form a clear opinion about these combined events,” Djokovic said. “In one way it’s good for the tournament and I think for the city that is organizing a combined event because you get to have male and female top players playing in your stadium and it gets more attention.
On the other hand, it can be counterproductive for both the ATP and the WTA depending on the schedules and things like that. Grand Slams have been working that way for dozens of years, and it’s been working well. So I have nothing against it.”
Often at the combined events, there’s less space for the players – in the lounge, locker rooms, dining areas – and fewer practice courts plus added scheduling quirks between the two tours. And by saying he’s “neutral” on the subject, it sounds like he’d rather not have them other than at the Grand
Djokovic won his second round match today over Grigor Dimitrov 63, 62.
“Very pleased with my serving in Beijing and obviously the first match today,” said Djokovic who lost just five points on serve. “So that’s something that I’ve been working on, obviously. Relying on the serve in today’s tennis is a big advantage. So I try to get as many free points as possible. Today that was the case. It helped me a lot to defeat my opponent.”
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