'I had a feeling Novak Djokovic wasn’t going to play', says former star

“I had a feeling that Novak Djokovic wouldn’t play,” says the former star

Archaeological Park director Semir Osmanagic credits Novak Djokovic with sparking interest in tennis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, revealing that 200 children signed up for training after one of Djokovic’s recent visits to the country.

Since 2020, Djokovic has become a regular guest at the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun complex. Earlier this year, Osmanagič announced his plans to build two tennis courts, one clay and one hard. The grand opening of the tennis complex is scheduled for July 13, and Djokovic will be among those attending the special day at the Archaeological Park.

“The tennis complex in the ‘Ravne 2’ park will become a regional center for the training of the best tennis players, as Novak Đoković and I agreed about a hundred days ago,” Osmanagič told Bosnian daily Avaz.

“When Novak appeared at the Safet Zajko sports center, 200 children signed up to practice tennis at the local club. We want to attract tennis stars and offer them a few days of free stay at the tennis complex,” revealed Osmanagic.

In addition to Djokovic, Aljaz Bedene, Aldin Setkic and Ivan Dodig will also be present at the opening ceremony of the tennis complex. Three exhibition matches are scheduled for the special day. Djokovic will face Dodig, while Bedene will face Setkic.

In the doubles, Djokovic and Setkic will face Bedene and Dodig. “We are happy to confirm the participation of big names in tennis at the opening of our tennis courts. Novák confirmed his arrival on July 13, when the ceremonial opening of this unique complex is planned,” said Osmanagič last month.

Davydenko shoots at Djokovic

An interviewer asked Nikolay Davydenko what he thought about what happened to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. In addition, the former world no. 3 replied, “I don’t understand what he was trying to do.

I supported him, but it was him against the whole country, him against the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re No. 1 or what, but even before he landed, I had a feeling he wasn’t going to play.”

The Russian player also spoke about the unpredictability of Novak. “Sometimes I don’t understand what’s going on in his head.” Usually, Serbians and Russians have the same mentality, but it seems to me that Novak is sometimes German, sometimes Italian, ha-ha-ha”. Djokovic had planned to claim his 21st place at the Australian Open.

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