VIDEO: Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka tease fans with ‘Casino Royale’ treat at Monte Carlo Masters

The entire tennis fraternity is eagerly awaiting the return of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to active tennis, replaying competitive matches. The Serb was unable to participate in many tournaments due to his vaccination status. Additionally, countries like Australia and the United States have a strict vaccine mandate, which makes it difficult for Serbs to enter these countries.

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However, now that most countries are reviewing and changing their vaccination guidelines, things have started to look up for Djokovic. Another star preparing for a return to the ATP Tour is Stan Wawrinka. The two recently entertained tennis fans by playing “mini tennis” outside a casino ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters.

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Novak Djokovic aims for a third Monte-Carlo Masters

The last tournament played by Novak Djokovic was the Dubai Tennis Championships, but he lost to Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals. At the Monte Carlo Masters, on his comeback trail, Djokovic should be hoping to get some much-needed match training under his belt ahead of Roland Garros, where he is the defending champion.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 24, 2022 Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the crowd after losing his quarter-final match to Czech Jiri Vesely REUTERS /Suhaib Salem

He will face either the hard-hitting Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Marcos Giron in the first round, and if all goes well he will face Carlos Alcaraz in a tantalizing quarter-final in the Principality.

Alcaraz, the new Miami Open champion, has been in great shape so far this season. He will definitely pose a big threat to Djokovic if they meet in the quarter-finals.

In contrast, Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Monte Carlo Masters champion, has accepted a wildcard for the event and will face Alexander Bublik in his tournament opener.

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Sidelined for about a year due to his injury, Wawrinka prepared hard to compete at the top level again. This will be the three-time major champion’s first tour-level tournament since March last year.

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Djokovic and Wawrinka not only entertained the fans by playing the mini-match, they posed for photos and also chatted amongst themselves. They also trained together Thursday on Court Rainier III in preparation for the third ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Monaco.