“it’s strange”: Andy Roddick expresses ‘shock’ about Novak Djokovic’s decision to participate in Geneva Open

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 11:20
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Former world number one Andy Roddick has revealed that he was ‘shocked’ after hearing that Serbia’s legendary tennis star Novak Djokovic decided to play in the Geneva Open just a week before the French Open.
The second Grand Slam of the year is set to be played from May 26 to June 09 in the capital city of France where players from all over the world will participate to secure the ultimate prize.
Djokovic, who has won as many as 24 Grand Slam titles, is often regarded as the greatest player in the history of men’s tennis in the singles category. He will be one of the favourites for the upcoming mega-event, where he will be defending his crown.
Interestingly, the 36-year-old will participate in the Geneva Open just days before the start of the competition in Paris.
That development, however, left former world number one Roddick ‘shocked’. He stated that Djokovic’s move to take part in an ATP 250 event so close to a Grand Slam shows that the reigning world number is not as confident going into a major competition as he used to be.
Novak Djokovic will be defending his title at the French Open this year. 
“I like the move and I’m also shocked by it,” said Roddick. “You know, it’s strange because he has been so confident just entering the biggest tournaments in the world without a lot of prep work, right?
“He’s made a habit of that and been successful at it over the last three or four years. So, it definitely proves the point that we’ve been beating home all week that if something is different, you need matches — even the best of all time.
“Sometimes you need some reps and some real reps, right? You can feel great in practice, you can’t mimic that. So I think it’s the right move. And hey, I’m sure I’m sure the Geneva Open is pretty pumped about getting him for free.”

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