The tennis player Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard place in this week’s ATP event in the Mexican city of Acapulco.
Djokovic has been absent from the tennis court since he aggravated a shoulder problem during Serbia’s Davis Cup tie against Russia earlier this month.
Originally Djokovic, the world No 2, was due to return to action at Indian Wells next month but he will now take part in his first ATP tournament in Latin America after a speculative request from the event’s organisers.
After accepting the invitation Djokovic took to Twitter and wrote, “Great news, you’ll see me back on court next week in Acapulco. Did you miss me?”
The event will now have six of the world’s top ten players taking part in it. The other five are Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin.
Raul Zurutuza, the tournament director, said that when they realised that there was the opportunity to bring in another top player they did not want to pass it up. He said that they thought it was highly unlikely that Djokovic would accept but that they were “gladly surprised” to receive his answer.
He went on to say that Djokovic is “thrilled” to be visiting Acapulco for the first time and to be part of the best field in the tournament’s history.
“Having Nadal, Raonic, Cilic, Thiem, Goffin and now Djokovic makes us very proud, there are just of handful of tournaments in our category that can brag about having six of the top 10 players in the world.”
Djokovic has played in just eight matches this season. He began the year by beating Andy Murray for the Doha title but then suffered an unexpected loss against Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.