Djokovic-owned Serbia Open dropped from schedule


– In this May 10, 2009 file photo Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, center, reacts during their final tennis match against Lukasz Kubot from Poland, at the Serbia’s first ATP World Tour, in Belgrade, Serbia. The Serbia Open tennis tournament has been dropped from the ATP tour calendar for 2013, after the event failed to attract top players or major sponsors, it is announced Friday Jan. 4, 2013. AP

BELGRADE, Serbia — Novak Djokovic’s Serbia Open tennis tournament has been dropped from the ATP calendar.

The tournament had been scheduled to take place from April 29 – May 5, 2013. The event, first held in 2009, has been purchased back by the ATP.

The tournament has failed to attract top players or major sponsors, and last year even Djokovic and other top Serbian players failed to attend.

Djokovic’s Family Sport, the tournament organizer, says “we have made the most rational decision considering the circumstances.”

The Serbia Open was the only ATP tournament held in Serbia.

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