The Belgrade Open, also called the Serbian Open and SRPSKA Open as well, is relocating to Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2023 season. The tournament is famous for being owned and organized by Novak Djokovic’s family.
Serbia Open moves to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2023 as Djokovic family prepares for ATP 500 license. Therefore, the current world no. 1’s participation is confirmed in Serbia Open 2023 but he isn’t the only Top 10 player that will be playing. If you wanna see Novak play again or you’re excited about the top-level competition, keep on reading to learn more about this new event.
SRPSKA Open Tennis Tournament
The Srpska Open is an upcoming clay court tennis tournament set in the beautiful city of Banja Luka, the capital city of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an ATP-sanctioned event, the tournament will hold its inaugural edition in mid-late April as a part of the ATP 250 series. The tournament is the first premium-level ATP event that will be held in this city which has hosted the Banja Luka Challenger. Djordje Djokovic, the event director announced the move of the Belgrade Open to Banja Luka, leading to the creation of the Srpska Open. Like the Serbia Open (previously called), the tournament will also be played on clay courts. The event will be played at Mladen Stojanovic Park.
|Location||Banja Luka, Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Venue||National Tennis Centre in Mladen Stojanovic Park|
|Tour category||ATP 250|
|Draw||28 S, 16 D|
SRPSKA Open 2023 Results
In singles championship, 32 years old Serbia star Dusan Lajovic wins Bnaja Luka Open 2023. After a nail bitting final, Dusan defeated Monte carlo 2023 champion Andrey Rublev in 3 sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-4). He beat the top 3 ranked Serbian men (Djokovic, Kecmanovic, Krajinovic) as well as the Monte Carlo Champion Andrey Rublev. Lajovic wins 2nd atp career title and 1st in 2023.
While in doubles championship, Jamie Murray and Michael Venus defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Francisco Cabral in straight sets (7-5, 6-2). Jamie Murray and Michael Venus partnered up earlier this year and earned their third #ATPTour doubles title together at this week’s Srpska Open!
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Serbia Open History and Winners
Srpska isn’t the first time a Tour event was held in the city. The Bunja Luka Challenger has been a yearly tradition since 2003 so when event organizers looked for new places to hold a tennis event, Bunja Luka was a perfect candidate. The original event, the Serbian Open, was first held in 2009 after Djokovic’s family purchased the Tour date through their company the year prior. Novak Djokovic’s participation has been the main attraction at the event and the tournament was held consistently for 4 years. Even the venue was later renamed the Novak Tennis Center in honor of him.
The previous director, Djokovic’s uncle Goran, stepped down from his role so the event went on an indefinite hiatus, being replaced by the Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf. The event was revived in 2021 under the new director, Djordje Djokovic, replacing the Hungarian Open. The event even returned with a woman’s competition as well in 2021 but it did not become a permanent feature. In 2023, under the same management as before, the event relocated to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Though the Serbian Open only had 6 total editions, the player list was always premium with the best talents from around the world. Novak played in 5 of these events, reaching the final 3 times and winning twice at the competition. Other notable players like John Isner, who was runner-up in 2010, Stan Wawrinka, Andrey Rublev, and Same Querry have also played at the event with the latter 2 both having a title each.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Dusan Lajovic||Jamie Murray / Michael Venus|
|2022||Andrey Rublev||Ariel Behar / Gonzalo Escobar|
|2021||Matteo Berrettini||Ivan Sabanov / Matej Sabanov|
|2012||Andreas Seppi||Jonathan Erlich / Andy Ram|
|2012||Novak Djokovic||Frantisek Cermak / Filip Polasek|
|2010||Sam Querry||Santiago Gonzalez /Travis Rettenmaier|
Serbia Open 2023 Prize Money
A total financial commitment of €630,705 was made for the 2023 edition, of which, €562,815 has been designated as the prize money. This is a standard value for ATP 250 events. A breakdown of the prize money has been given below.
The Serbian Open 2023 Prize money distribution is
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||ATP Points|
Serbia Open Draw
The event will have 28 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the tournament progresses. 4 qualifiers will join 28 singles main draw entry in 1st round.
SRPSKA Open 2023 Dates, Schedule
The Srpska Open main draw will be held across a week from 17-23 April with a qualifying round set for the weekend prior; on the 16th of April.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|17th April||Round 1||—–|
|18th April||Round 1||Round 1|
|19th April||Round 2||Round 1|
|20th April||Round 2||Round 1|
|21st April||Quarter Final||Quarter Final|
|22nd April||Semi Final||Semi Final|
Serbia Open 2023 Players List
The Srpska Open will have a great blend of both new and old players, not to mention 2 Top 10 players and even more former Top 10’s. As the top seed, we have 21-time Grand Slam champion and possibly the greatest tennis player of all time, Novak Djokovic. Given the event is run and owned by his family, the tournament holds a special place in the Serbian legend’s heart. Following him, we have former no. 5 and current no. 7, Andrey Rublev returning to defend his 2022 Serbian Open title. The Russian is one of the finest players of this generation and we might just see a repeat of last year’s Serbian Open final with the two legends head-to-head.
Besides these 2, two former Top 10 players who are 3-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former world no. 6 Gael Monfils have also been confirmed at Banja Luka. Other high-ranking players on the list included Borna Coric, Miomir Kecmanovic, Benjamin Bonzi, and many more. Given the event’s roots, Serbian players dominate this list and besides Djokovic, Laslo Djere, Karjinovic, and Lajovic are some notable names. The full player list is as follows:
Following is the Serbian open singles players list as well as wild card entries and Serbian Open Doubles main entry list:
|Dusan Lajovic (Champion 2023)||76|
|Hamad Medjdovic (WC)||192|
|Gael Monfils (WC)||280|
Singles Wild Card Entries
- Damir Džumhur
- Hamad Međedović
- Gaël Monfils
Doubles Main Entries
|1||Jamie Murray / Michael Venus (champion 2023)||47|
|6||Joran Vliegen / Sander Gillé||68|
|7||Fabien Reboul / Sadio Doumbia||78|
|8||Gonzalo Escobar / Tomislav Brkić||85|
Serbia Open 2023 Tickets
- Buy SRPSKA Open 2023 Tickets Online via Tickets.rs
Two types of tickets will be available; Central Court, and FAN zone tickets. Central court tickets offer a complete experience with access to all matches, irrespective of the different courts, as well as access to viewing the training courts and the Fan zone. FAN zone tickets are ideal for viewers who wish to see some matches but wish to focus on the entertainment and activities offered in the Fan zone. With FAN zone tickets, access to the main Central court is not included. Besides these 2 types, luxury ticketing options will also be available soon. There are no free entries for children or disabled people. A ticket is mandatory.