Big surprise: Ana Ivanovic to show up at a new WTA 250 tournament in Belgrade?

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Novak Djokovic’s younger brother Djordje Djokovic is organizing a WTA 250 tournament in May in Belgrade, Serbia, and during an interview for Nova S TV he hinted that Ana Ivanovic could show up at the new event.

Djokovic revealed that Belgrade will host as many as four tennis tournaments this spring:

  • ATP 250, Serbia Open, from April 19 to April 25, claycourt, prize money €650,000
  • ATP 125 preceding the above tournament
  • WTA 250, starting May 16
  • WTA 125, starting July 22

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will no audience in the stands and media access will be limited.

The 28-player field at the ATP Serbia Open will be packed with stars, including Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils, Aslan Karatsev, Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, etc.

Ana Ivanovic

When asked about women’s players, Djokovic said that they signed the licence only a week or so ago, so it was too early to say which players would enter the field.

The TV host’s question and Djokovic’s reaction then hinted that we could see Ana Ivanovic at the tournament, but of course nothing is confirmed. Here’s what the interviewer said, it’s quite vague, so you can try to make a conclusion yourself:

“When you said the ambassadors of tennis, Ana Ivanovic crossed my mind right away, but I won’t…. now you’re nodding with a smile, which means that something is going on, we will follow up on this.”

I guess that Ana will attend the tournament as a special guest. I doubt she’ll compete.


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