After Novak Djokovic left his decision open a few days ago when he was asked about this topic, he has now confirmed his absence from this year’s Asian tour via his social networks. The Serb will now rest for the final tournaments of the season.
A DESERVED REST
Novak Djokovic has won the Shanghai Masters 1000 title four times, but this year he will have to rest on these dates. “Over the years, I have received the best support in China that I receive anywhere in the world. Shanghai has always been one of my favorite tournaments of the season. I will miss my Nole Fam in China. I hope to return to China in the future and play in front of all of you again.“, said the Serb in his networks.
It took the world number one a month to make the transition from the Wimbledon lawn to the American hard court. He resurfaced in Cincinnati, a tournament he won in a demanding final against Carlos Alcaraz. Then came the 2023 US Open, the scene in which he achieved his 24th Grand Slam. Just five days later, Novak appeared on the courts again to face Serbia in the 2023 Davis Cup, where he scored the crucial point to qualify for the final phase. Now Djokovic has earned the necessary rest given the tough calendar.
PARIS-BERCY MASTERS – ATP FINAL – DAVIS CUP
The consequence of the Serb’s absence is that he will no longer be on the calendar with these three dates until the end of October. It is likely that Novak will return earlier to take part in some lower category tournaments, although he could also make his return directly in Paris, where he will defend the final. After that, the Serb has two very important tournaments ahead of him: the ATP Finals in Turin and the final phase of the Davis Cup in Malaga.