First ever Serbia Open preparations
World’s tennis elite in Belgrade
Author: Z. Kecman | 26.03.2009 - 10:27
The first ever ATP tournament to be held here – the Serbia Open 2009 – has attracted a number of renowned tennis names. Those who have confirmed their appearance at the event to be held from 2 to 10 May at the Milan Gale Muskatirovic sports centre are Russia’s Igor Andreev, Croats Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Ljubicic, Guillermo Canas of Argentina, Andreas Seppi of Italy and a number of other tennis stars.
The tournament officials have announced that so far 19 players are certain to appear in the main draw. Apart from the No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, his compatriots Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki have also indicated they will take part, just like Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek, Russia’s Igor Andreev, Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia, Romania’s Victor Hanescu, Italy’s Andreas Seppi, USA’s Sam Querrey, Marcel Granollers of Spain, Belgians Christophe Rochus and Christophe Vliegen, France’s Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Devilder, Argentineans Guillermo Canas and Leonardo Mayer, Chile’s Nicolas Massu and Brazil’s Daniel Marcos.
- “It is my honour to confirm that the world’s best tennis players, together with Novak Djokovic, will be playing at the Serbia Open in May. They are all thrilled they will be coming to Belgrade and that they will have an opportunity to be the first set of players to take part in this ATP tournament in Serbia. I am sure the fans will be treated to something special,” said tournament director Goran Djokovic.
Thirty-two players will enter the main draw, while three will be awarded a wild card and will come into play from the qualifying round. Another two players will be awarded invites as “special exceptions”. So far 19 players have entered the main draw based on their ATP ranking positions.
As for the doubles draw, 16 pairs will participate, while the winners of the event will receive €73,000 of prize money and 250 points, while the total prize money is €450,000.