If you’re longing for professional tennis, you don’t have to wait for the ATP Tour to come back. This weekend, you can watch some of the best tennis players of today playing against each other in the exhibition tournament called Adria Tour.
Organized by the current ATP no. 1 Novak Djokovic, Adria Tour is actually a series of tennis tournaments taking place in three cities across former Yugoslavia, namely:
- Belgrade (June 13-14)
- Zadar (June 20-21)
- Banja Luka (July 3-4)
There was another event scheduled for June but was eventually canceled. The third Adria Tour event was supposed to take place in Montenegro on the weekend June 27-28 but was called off earlier this weekend.
The event in Belgrade has already started, but it’s going to reach its peak today with some really exciting match-ups.
Adria Tour Belgrade Preview
The first installment of the Adria Tour series of tournaments will take place on the clay courts of TC Novak in the center of Serbia’s capital. As its name suggests, TC Novak is owned by Novak Djokovic.
Being an exhibition tournament, Adria Tour has a bit different rules than we’re used to in professional tennis matches. The most important one is that the Fast4 rule is in motion.
To win a set, a player needs to win four rather than six games. Furthermore, if a tie happens at 3-3, a tiebreaker needs to be played. Finally, in order to determine the match-winner, a best-of-three sets format is used.
Adria Tour Saturday Highlights
Adria Open started yesterday, with a total of eight matches being played. We saw the tournament host Djokovic beating Troicki, but then losing to Krajinovic. Thiem and Zverev were the most impressive players, each winning both of Saturday’s matches.
Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur got injured, which caused him to end his campaign in Belgrade earlier than everyone else.
Adria Tour is back today with four additional matches. If you would like to be on them, we’re rhere to help you out with your picks.
However, you should know that not all the top tennis sportsbooks have Adria Tour in their offer. The good news is that there are some that do, including BetOnline.ag and SportsBetting.ag.
Lajovic vs Milojevic Preview, Odds, and Picks
Dusan Lajovic was supposed to play Damir Dzumhur today, but the Bosnian player got injured last night. After picking up a thigh injury, he decided to give up on the tournament. Nikola Milojevic stepped in as his replacement.
Even though Lajovic lost both of his matches yesterday, he’s now a big favorite against Milojevic. The reason is that Milojevic is not ranked very high in the ATP Rankings. At the moment, he’s no. 145. In comparison, Lajovic is 23rd.
What’s got to worry Lajovic slightly is that his opponent is a former no. 1 in ITF Junior rankings, who’s started his Adria Tour campaign with a blast. Last evening, he beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov by 2-0 in sets.
Pick: Nikola Milojevic
Krajinovic vs Troicki Preview, Odds, and Picks
The man who beat Novak Djokovic last night is taking on a player who’s been in a poor form. Troicki lost both matches yesterday, making his record this year 4W-5L.
Filip Krajinovic, on the other hand, seems like a rising star in the world of professional tennis. Beating the world no. 1 last night surely shows why this guy is currently in the 32nd place in the ATP Rankings.
Pick: Filip Krajinovic
Djokovic vs Zverev Preview, Odds, and Picks
The two are good buddies off-the-court, but it’s a whole different story when they’re playing against one another.
It seems that Djokovic does not like this opponent. Alexander Zverev is one of the not-too-many players who have a positive head-to-head score with Djokovic. Zverev won four out of their six meetings.
However, Djokovic is playing in front of his crowd and is surely motivated to get one over his rival.
Pick: Novak Djokovic
Dimitrov vs Thiem Preview, Odds, and Picks
The reason why Dominic Thiem has a 100% winning rate at this tournament is that Dzumhur retried from their clash due to an injury. That match went down as a win for the Austrian player.
The other match he played on Saturday was against Dusan Lajovic, which he won by 2-1 in sets. This time, an even bigger challenge comes in the form of Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian player won the previous two matches against Thiem, so he seems to know the formula for winning against the world no. 3.
Somewhat surprisingly, Dimitrov lost to Milojevic last night, so he might be looking to bounce back with a win against a tennis heavyweight.
Pick: Grigor Dimitrov