Novak Djokovic Decides to Skip Grass Court Tennis Ahead of Wimbledon 2019

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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic lost a dramatic semifinal match to the Austrian, Dominic Thiem in five sets. Their semifinal match lasted for four hours and it took place on two separate days due to the unfavourable weather conditions in Paris. After his defeat at French Open 2019, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic decides to take some time off from professional tennis and he will not be participating in the Wimbledon warm-up events.

The Serbian, Novak Djokovic decides to stay out from Queen’s Club Championships 2019 and also the Gerry Weber Open 2019 in Halle which will be taking place simultaneously. And he has not taken any wildcard for either of the grass-court ATP 500 events.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic

The Serb has been the singles finalist, two times at Queens and last year, Novak Djokovic lost in three sets Marin Cilic in the finals. And before that, Novak Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Queen’s tournament and it was his first win over a top-five tennis player in almost 18 months which was after his hiatus due to his elbow injury in 2017. 

Also, during the Queen’s Club Championships 2018, the Serbian World Number one played doubles by teaming up with his longtime friend and rival, Stan WawrinkaDespite his loss, to Cilic, he continued to flourish at SW19 by making his comeback to the ATP circuit as he lifted up his 13th major title.

Novak Djokovic will directly begin his journey to defend his Wimbledon title in London, where he will be starting off with his grass-court season. In Halle, Novak Djokovic was the finalist in 2009 and back them the tournament was part of ATP 250 Series.

Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal

Along with Novak, Rafael Nadal plans to skip the pre-Wimbledon tournaments on the European grass. The Spaniard played all the major tournaments on clay and won two of them, but now Rafa feels his body needs some rest as he mentioned that playing for consecutive weeks is difficult for him and the present scenario of his body is not like what it was eight or ten years ago.