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Novak Djokovic accepts wildcard entry at Aegon International in Eastbourne

This is the first time since 2010 that Novak Djokovic will play a grass court event between the French Open and Wimbledon.

tennis Updated: Jun 21, 2017 17:27 IST
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his French Open match against Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his French Open match against Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.(REUTERS)

Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has accepted a main draw wildcard to play at the Aegon International in Eastbourne starting June 23, the organisers said on Wednesday.

This is the first time since 2010 that Djokovic will play a grass court event between the French Open and Wimbledon.

“This will be my first trip to Eastbourne, I have heard great things about the tournament,” Djokovic, who will be the tournament’s top seed, said in a statement.

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“I am looking forward to fine-tuning my grass court game there ahead of Wimbledon.”

The Serbian international, who turned 30 last month, dropped outside the top two in the world for the first time since March 2011 after a quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros earlier this month.

Djokovic will be joined by France’s Gael Monfils and American duo John Isner and Steve Johnson at the grass courts of Devonshire Park ahead of the Wimbledon championships starting July 3.