Novak Djokovic pulls out of Serbia’s Davis Cup team

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Novak Djokovic takes a break Credit: PA Images
Novak Djokovic takes a break Credit: PA Images

Serbian No 1 Novak Djokovic has rescinded his availability for Serbia’s Davis Cup commitments citing ‘personal reasons’ as the motivation.

Djokovic had been due to travel to Spain for Serbia’s Davis Cup Finals Group Stage matches against Spain, Korea and Canada, but it has been confirmed that the former World No 1 has pulled out of the team event.

Serbia captain Viktor Troicki revealed that Djokovic had advised that he would be unavailable to lead his country’s efforts to repeat their sensational triumph of 2010.

“Nole will not play for personal reasons. It’s his personal matter. Simply, this time he will be prevented from playing, but he will join the national team if we qualify for the final tournament in Malaga in November.”

Speaking after winning Wimbledon, Djokovic said that his experiences this year had changed his perspective on things but at the same time he feels no pressure to rack up further achievements in his all-time great career.

“Well, I mean, certainly this year has not been the same like last years. It has started the way it has started and it has affected me definitely in the first several months of the year. I was not feeling great generally. I mean, mentally, emotionally, I was not at a good place.

“I wanted to play, but at the same time when I went out on the court in Dubai, was the first tournament of the year, I just felt so much pressure and emotions happening. I wasn’t feeling myself on the court.

“I realized at that point that it’s going to take some time, that I have to be patient, and sooner or later I will get myself in the state, optimal state, where I would like to be.

“Wimbledon historically has always come at such an important stages of my life and my career. When I say Wimbledon as a tournament, but me winning Wimbledon. Few times, I think it was in 2018 when I was starting the year with elbow surgery, trying to work my way back in the rankings, not playing well. This was the first slam that I won that served as a springboard for later US Open win, 2019 Australian Open.

“It’s not a coincidence that this place has such relevance in my life and career. It’s a relief, as well, considering what I’ve been through of course this year. It adds more value and more significance and more emotions, of course.

“I don’t feel I’m in rush really anywhere to end my career in a year time or two year time or whatever it is. Just I’m not thinking about it. I want to keep my body healthy ’cause that’s obviously necessary in order to keep going at this level. Of course, keep myself mentally sane and motivated to compete with the young guns.”

It is unclear at this stage when Djokovic will return to the ATP Tour and competitive tennis after missing out on the US Open.

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