Recently the Spaniard tennis ace Rafael Nadal stated about the short off-season break in 2019. For a few tennis players, their season was extended. They failed to receive adequate rest and training time before the new season’s beginning. The Serbian ace Novak Djokovic also raised his voice on the same matter.
He delighted to play numerous events on the tour but he believes the players’ bodies must receive sufficient rest. The balance in their traveling should be maintained.
“I saw Nadal actually speaking about it the other day, and he says that he doesn’t actually feel like the last season has ended because he just started right away. So, yeah, I mean, we don’t want to, you know, seem like we are complaining about things constantly, but — because we are blessed to play the sport and this sport generates a lot of also prize money, a lot of attention,” Novak Djokovic said.
Rafa and Novak’s schedule after 2019 season officially concluded
After finishing his duties at ATP Finals in London, Rafa played consecutive matches at Davis Cup in Spain. Also in the month of December Nadal hit a few tennis balls in Abu Dhabi. Novak also had the same schedule and he mentioned that the calendar was exhausting and that is ideally not beneficial for the tennis professionals.
“It’s great, it’s played around the world. We have an 11-month season, it’s fantastic, lots of opportunities, but at the same time I think it can be balanced, should be balanced a little bit better, maybe Slams not being so close or so far from each other,” the World Number two Serb continued.
Three major bodies can work together, Novak Djokovic’s opinion
In tennis, the ITF, ATP and Grand Slams all work independently. The different bodies do not really interact with each other for schedule-related discussions. Consequently, the professionals deal with a prolonged tennis season. Djokovic suggests that it would be wise if all three bodies took some decisions unanimously.
“But it takes a lot of effort because there is a lot of different sides vested in tennis. It’s not like we in ATP can decide everything. It’s ITF, ATP, Grand Slams are independent entities, all these different things, you have to sit at the table and try to work things out, which isn’t the easiest thing,” Djokovic concluded.
At ATP Cup 2020 Djokovic’s Serbia is through to the quarterfinals. On Friday, they will take on the Canadians in Sydney.