Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met Goran Djokovic, the new Sofia Open Tournament Director. Goran Djokovic conveyed special greetings on behalf of his nephew Novak Djokovic to Prime Minister Borissov, with whom they know each other personally.
During the meeting, the upcoming Bulgarian hosting of the prestigious tennis tournament was discussed. Our country will host a tournament from the ATP calendar for the forth time. Goran Djokovic is in Bulgaria to monitor the organization of the tournament, which will start on 3 February 2019 in the "Arena Armeec" Hall.
In the course of the meeting, Goran Djokovic told the Bulgarian Prime Minister that the tournament is expected to be one of the strongest in the ATP 250 category in 2019. According to him, this great sports event will bring together the tennis lovers from the Balkans. He compared it to the joint initiative of Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, and Greece to host the 2030 World Cup. "We saw how the Prime Ministers of several Balkan countries are planning to host big football championships, why not do the samw with tennis. Sofia may be the center for this idea," Djokovic said.
According to Goran Djokovic, Sofia is expected to welcome some of the best players at the moment - Khachanov, Tsitsipas, and Medvedev, as well as experienced tennis players Vavrinec and Monfils. According to the Sofia Open Tournament Director, Novak Djokovic is also expected to join the sports event.
The meeting at the Council of Ministers was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev, the President of the Bulgarian Tennis Federation Stefan Tsvetkov and the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Board Rangel Markov.