Djokovic Takes Acapulco Wild Card
Six Top 10 players to compete in stacked lineup
Novak Djokovic is delighted his Latin American fans by announcing he will make his ATP World Tour debut in the region after accepting a wild card into the Abierto Mexicano Telecel.
The World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings joins a stellar field that features five other players inside the Top 10, including Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Rounding out the lineup are Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic.
"This is great news for the tournament. We’re very pleased to have the World No. 2 in the Acapulco field. The public will be very happy and we’re treating it like a big party,” said Acapulco tournament director Raul Zurutuza. "Novak and Rafa are two great players that give very important value to the tournament. Also having Raonic, del Potro and Goffin in the field will make this a great event.”
The Serbian’s only tournament in Latin America as a junior or pro was the 2016 Rio Olympics (l. to Del Potro in 1R).
Djokovic is competing in his third ATP World Tour event of the season, having opened the year by defeating Andy Murray in the Doha final before receiving a surprise second-round loss at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin. He has not competed since scoring a victory over #NextGenATP Karen Khachanov during Serbia’s 4-0 first-round Davis Cup win earlier this month over Russia.