12/9/12 3:00 AM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic will likely hold back a bit when he gets onto court with Richard Branson at the flamboyant billionaire's annual Necker Cup to be held next week on his private Caribbean island in the British Virgin Islands.
Djokovic, who tweeted how relaxed he is feeling after a few weeks of holiday, will be set to line his pockets with holiday dosh from the five-day pre-Christmas exho before traveling to Abu Dhabi for even more serious money at that hit-and-giggle in the Gulf from December 27-29.
The Serb will be the main tennis attraction at the Necker pro-am along with the Bryan Brothers and late signing John McEnroe plus former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis, now mainly a surfer in California.
The spare-no-expense event is a cross between a management conference - it also comprises the Virgin Unite Leadership Retreat - and a tennis event, with Sir Richard joining eight current and former ATP and WTA legends to pair up with eight amateur teams of all levels.
A handicapped scoring format will be used making it competitive tennis for all levels. Teams consist of one pro and up to two amateurs, with squads competing to win their bracket and earn a chance to play in the Necker Cup Final.
The workload for Djokovic should not be too intense, with other off-court activities including paddle boarding, Pilates, sailing, kite boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy and of course, parties plus the obligatory charity auction benefiting the local BVI community, Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation, Novak Djokovic Foundation and other ATP and WTA player charities.
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