Novak Djokovic gets late wild card to Geneva Open

GENEVA -- Novak Djokovic is a surprise entry for the Geneva Open, the last men's warmup for the French Open.

The top-ranked Djokovic got the last wild card Friday, Geneva organizers said. The main draw starts on Sunday. Andy Murray also has a wild card.

Djokovic will turn 37 Wednesday while in Geneva for his first tournament in Switzerland since 2011.

An unexpected loss Sunday to 32nd-ranked Alejandro Tabilo in the third round of the Italian Open has left Djokovic looking for more games on clay before defending his title at Roland Garros.

He has a men's record 24 Grand Slam singles titles. The French Open starts on May 26.

Djokovic's other clay event this season at Monte Carlo ended in a loss to Casper Ruud in the semifinals. The seventh-ranked Ruud will seek a third Geneva title after wins in 2021 and '22.

Djokovic last played a tournament in Switzerland in October 2011, losing in Basel to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals of Roger Federer's hometown event. Djokovic had beaten Federer in the two previous Basel finals.