Good news for #Nolefam which is eagerly waiting to see Novak Djokovic back in action after the Melbourne debacle in January. The former world number one has made the announcement about his return to the professional circuit in an ATP World Tour tournament in Acapulco, starting next week.
World number two Novak Djokovic has accepted the wild card to play in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament, he will make his debut in the Mexican region. Djokovic is making a return to the court after recovering from a shoulder injury. Since turning pro, Novak has participated in only one tournament in Latin America i.e. the 2016 Rio Olympics where he suffered a first-round defeat to Argentina’s Del Potro.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 23, 2017
The ATP tournament boasts off a stellar star cast which features five known players from the Top 10, including the big serving Milos Raonic, Australian open finalist Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, next gen star Dominic Thiem and David Goffin.
Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, and Ivo Karlovic complete the remaining men’s line-up.
Tournament director Raul Zurutuza said, "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.”
He added, "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,” as quoted by atpworldtour.com.
Djokovic last featured in Serbia's Davis win over Russia, he skipped the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam which Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won.
Last year, Novak lost his world number one ranking to Britain’s Andy Murray at the end of last season in the ATP World Tour Finals.