Novak Djokovic ended days of speculation over his participation at Monte Carlo today by confirming to the tournament that he will stay in the draw. Djokovic, who received a first round bye, will play his second round match Wednesday against Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny.

Djokovic severely turned his right ankle last weekend during Davis Cup, but has since made enough progress on the injury to allow himself to compete in the first big event of the clay season.

Djokovic has never won Monte Carlo, a seaside city where he has a home. Last year he lost in the final to Rafael Nadal just a few days after the passing of his grandfather.

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