Novak Djokovic appears on Madrid Open entry list as Serb ramps up French Open preparations


Novak Djokovic has added another tournament to his schedule after being able to play just one event in the first four months of the year. The world No 1 has been kept out of the Australian Open and ‘Sunshine Double’ over his unvaccinated status but will be back in action during the clay swing and now looks set to play the Masters 1000 in Madrid at the end of the month.

Djokovic has played just one tournament so far this year, the Dubai Championships where he lost in the quarter-finals to qualifier Jiri Vesely. The world No 1 has slowly been building his schedule back up, first confirming his participation in the Monte Carlo Masters, Serbia Open and the French Open.

After being deported from the country on the eve of the Australian Open, where Rafael Nadal went on to win a record 21st Grand Slam title, the Serb will be gunning to match his rival’s new record by defending his French Open title, and he has added a third tournament into his preparations for his first Major tournament of the year.

The three-time former champion in Madrid looks set to make his return to the second Masters 1000 of the clay season this year as it was confirmed Djokovic had been named on their entry list. “The two world numbers one in the male and female circuits will be present at the Caja Mágica. Both Novak Djokovic, (three-time champion of the tournament in 2011, 2016, 2019), and Iga Swiatek, who will participate for the second time in his career on clay in Madrid, lead the entry lists,” the tournament wrote in a release on Tuesday.

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