Novak Djokovic is making an unexpected appearance in between the Australian Open and the Indian Wells Masters, and it will come at next week’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco. Djokovic announced on Thursday that he has accepted a late wild card into the 500-point event.
The Acapulco field already featured Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, David Goffin Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Jack Sock, and defending champion Dominic Thiem. It’s safe to say that Thiem’s title defense is going to be difficult–and even more taxing now that Djokovic is part of the festivities.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 23, 2017
“This is great news for the tournament,” director Raul Zurutuza said of Djokovic’s wild card. “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. 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.”
Other entrants include Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Simon, Bernard Tomic, Feliciano Lopez, Mischa Zverev, and Borna Coric.