Novak Djokovic to savour return to tennis after lengthy absence

Novak Djokovic is relishing his return to tennis after being out of the sport for practically six months.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner has not performed since abandoning his Wimbledon quarter-final in opposition to Tomas Berdych in July. Djokovic didn’t decide up a racket for nearly 4 and a half months after having surgical procedure on his proper elbow.

But the 30-year-old Serb will return to motion on the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi – little greater than two weeks earlier than the primary Grand Slam of 2018, the Australian Open, will get beneath means.

“It’s been a real roller-coaster ride for me for a year and a half with this issue,” Djokovic mentioned in an interview with Sport360 in Abu Dhabi.

“I’ve never had surgery in my life, I’ve never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time. Never missed a grand slam in my professional career. It was a big decision, a big call to make.”

“I’ve realized a lesson as a result of I really need to keep away from getting to that stage of an harm ever in my profession after this.

“I can not wait to get again on the competitors degree however it was an amazing expertise for me to have.

“And it was a somewhat necessary experience because I got maybe too comfortable with not having major injuries.”

Djokovic began hitting balls in Monaco 4 weeks in the past when he started working with Radek Stepanek.

The recently-retired Czech participant has joined Andre Agassi to coach Djokovic for the 2018 season.

Djokovic employed Agassi in May to work with him on the grand slams, however has been with no touring coach since splitting from long-time mentor Marian Vajda in the identical month.

“I was hitting the ball well from the first practice but the thing is that your muscles, and bone structures and ligaments and joints,” mentioned Djokovic, who has slipped down to 12 on the planet rankings following his enforced break.

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Djokovic suffered a depressing 2017 (Getty Images)

“Everything has to get stronger and fall into place and get used to the stress of hitting the ball and all these items.

“I’ve at all times had lots of good instances on the court docket in Abu Dhabi but additionally off the court docket I believe it is a very nice event to be a part of.

“It permits all of us gamers to type of test the place we’re with our sport and in competitors play.

“And obviously for me it will be the first match after Wimbledon – and that’s why I think I’m probably looking forward to it more than any other player in the tournament.”

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Dominic Thiem may also be in rivalry (Getty)

Three-time Abu Dhabi winner Djokovic joins a six-strong area that additionally options Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut and Andrey Rublev.

Djokovic opens his marketing campaign on Friday in opposition to the winner of the match between Bautista Agut and Rublev.

Serena Williams may also make her taking part in comeback in Abu Dhabi following the delivery of her daughter.

Williams, who gave delivery to Alexis Jr in September, has not performed since successful the Australian Open in January, when she was six weeks pregnant.

It is the primary time a ladies’s match has been held on the occasion, and Williams will play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko earlier than the lads’s ultimate takes place on Saturday.


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