The Novak Djokovic Foundation is sponsoring the UTR Pro Match Series this weekend

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Retrieved 09 May 2020, 18:01 IST

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Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic Announced via Twitter that his foundation will sponsor the UTR Pro Match series this weekend, although the players themselves are not taking part.

The short form of Universal Tennis Rankings claims that UTR is the most accurate international tennis ranking system. It rates professional, college, junior and recreational players regardless of gender or nationality.

The rating is based on a 16-point scale based on the opponent’s strength, winning games, and the last 30 matches in 12 months.

UTR Pro tries to show the match series, especially during the difficult COVID-19 lockdown period, how tennis can be played locally and safely through one match after another.

The UTR Pro Match Series is a prize tournament, not an exhibition. The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has reviewed the tournament to ensure compliance and the games can be viewed on the Tennis Channel or tennis.com.

The results of the UTR Pro Match Series will be included in a player’s Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).

UTR Pro Match Series events will follow all necessary safety precautions and implement strict screening, clean and social distance measures for players, officials and employees. All matches will be held on a private court in West Palm Beach, Florida and will have no spectator or public access.

There will be no spectators, handshakes, ball kids or line judges. A chair umpire will oversee the match and the court and facility will be professionally sterilized before and after the game. Each player will be given their own mark to use during the match.

The first UTR Pro match series will be held from 8 to 10 May. The four-player men’s round-robin event begins every day at 12 noon with 3 hours of live coverage on the Tennis Channel.

The following four players will be featured in the UTR Pro Match Series from May 8-10:

Riley Opelka – 3rd place American, ATP # 39, UTR 15.51 (# 25)

Hubert Huracas – Poland’s No. 1 player, ATP # 29, UTR 15.35 (# 47)

Mayomi Kekmanovic – Serbia in third place, ATP # 47, UTR 15.38 (# 43)

Tommy Paul – 6th-ranked American, ATP # 57, UTR 15.31 (# 58).

What does the Novak Djokovic Foundation do?

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Novak Djokovic during a program at his foundation

The Novak Djokovic Foundation (NDF), founded by Novak Djokovic, works for the betterment of children by providing them with primary education. It adopts a collaborative approach and works with local authorities to train and empower teachers and create self-reliant schools and programs.

The NDF has positively changed the lives of more than 20,000 children and 980 families and trained more than 1,500 teachers.

Novak Djokovic’s 2020 season so far

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic started the 2020 season with six wins in his six singles matches in the opening ATP Cup for Team Serbia. Serb then defeated the six-time champion Roger Federer Before overcoming a two-set deficit in the semifinals of the Australian Open Dominic theme Down Under to win a record-breaking eighth title.

With the win in Melbourne, Djokovic returned to the top of the world rankings.

The 33-year-old was forced to suspend ATPT until July 13 after an outbreak of Covid-19 before he went 16-0 for the season to win his fifth title in Dubai.