Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic opts to skip warm-up tournaments forward of title defence at SW19

Belgrade: World No 1 Novak Djokovic stated on Wednesday that he had determined to skip taking part in a Wimbledon warm-up event this 12 months in an effort to relaxation and get well from a protracted clay-court season.

Djokovic suffered a punishing defeat by Dominic Thiem in an epic five-setter within the Roland Garros semis in his final recreation 11 days in the past.

File picture of Novak Djokovic. AFP

The defending champion can be going for a fifth Wimbledon title when the event will get underway on 1 July.

“Because of the very long clay-court season, I decided to take a break before Wimbledon,” the 15 time Grand Slam winner instructed a press convention right here after a follow session.

“I’m going to need to get used to the grass, and I have a couple of exhibition games lined up. Just two or three sets each so I can test my tactics and technique,” he stated.

On Wednesday, Djokovic was coaching along with his pal and compatriot Viktor Troicki at an academy owned by former participant Janko Tipsarevic and the place Djokovic’s five-year-old son Stefan was additionally knocking a tennis ball round.

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