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Djokovic : I needed some time off tennis

Djokovic : I needed some time off tennis


With just 3 days to go for the start of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, defending champion Novak Djokovic admitted that he badly needed some time off since that heartbreaking Final at Roland Garros 3 weeks ago. While the rest of the ‘Big Four’ were out winning trophies on grass in the past couple of weeks, Djokovic had taken a break from all tennis to spend some time with his family and relax both his body and mind.

“I needed some time off, more mentally rather than physically,” Djokovic said. The World No. 1 was the clear favourite to win his first Roland Garros title when he faced Stan Wawrinka in the French Open Final 3 weeks ago, after a 28 match unbeaten run leading up to it. But a shockingly brilliant display from the Swiss man denied the Serb his first Grand Slam on clay.

Wawrinka Djokovic

Despite being off tennis for close to 3 weeks, Djokovic is confident that he can do well at Wimbledon, having won there twice before (2011 and 2014). Djokovic says that he is over the loss in Paris and is all geared up to hopefully claim his 3rd title at Wimbledon and his 9th Grand Slam title overall.

“There are days when you really need to take some time off and even though I know it could have been useful to play a couple of official matches on grass, it’s not the first time I’m coming straight into Wimbledon.

“I’ve regrouped, spent some time with the family, got my thoughts off tennis for a little bit – now I’m back in my office and hopefully I’ll be able to perform well.”

Djokovic also talked about the ordinary life he leads when he is home and with his family: “I understand that I have privileges in life and am able to afford many beautiful things and we do enjoy that, but when I’m at home I do lot of ordinary things.

“Laundry, garbage, cleaning. What did I buy the other day…door handles, because they were broken, so I had to buy new ones. Did I fit them? I got help. But generally these things give me thankfulness and the peace and quiet that you need.”

Djokovic will begin his quest on Monday against World No 33, Philipp Kohlschreiber in the First Round.

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