The Boodles: Novak Djokovic plays to play at Stoke Park as part of Wimbledon warm-up

World No1 Novak Djokovic has once again chosen The Boodles for his only pre-Wimbledon appearance

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (Photo: Jordan Mansfield)

World No1 Novak Djokovic has once again chosen The Boodles for his only pre-Wimbledon appearance ahead of his title defence at The Championships.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion has been a regular visitor to The Boodles since 2007 and will once again play on the courts of Stoke Park Country Club, Hotel and Spa at the event which takes place from 25th to 29th June 2019.

Djokovic currently holds the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open crowns and has a career total of 74 titles. In May, he celebrated 250 weeks as world No1 in the ATP rankings and is one of only five players to achieve the feat, along with Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors.

The Serbian star will play matches on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June and will join a star-studded field including world No6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No9 Karen Khachanov and No10 Fabio Fognini.

Khachanov recently reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and has already won four ATP titles, including the Paris Masters last October, where he beat Djokovic in the final.

Italian Fognini has just reached a career high ranking at the age of 32. In April, he won the Monte-Carlo Masters, beating Rafael Nadal in the final to end the Spaniard’s 18-match, 25-set winning streak at the event.

The event will also feature world No6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who visited The Boodles in 2016 ahead of winning the junior doubles title at Wimbledon, and fellow 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov, ranked 25.

More big names include Roberto Bautista Agut, Diego Schwartzman, and two-time Major finalist, the veteran Mark Philippoussis.

However, hopes of a return by Juan Martin del Potro have been dashed after a fall at the Queen’s Club this week damaged the knee that had kept him on the side-lines since Shanghai last year. He has, instead, been forced to undergo more surgery.

Limited tickets are available at www.theboodles.com

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