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  • Updated: April 18, 2024

Djokovic doubtful for Madrid Open tournament

Djokovic doubtful for Madrid Open tournament

Former coach reveals Serbian's Olympics plans  

World number one men's tennis player Novak Djokovic has been named on the entry list for the Madrid Open tournament later this month in the Spanish capital but doubts over his availability have emerged following an interview granted by his former coach.

Djokovic's former coach Goran Ivanisevic's comments alluded to the commitment of the Serbian playing in tournaments outside of the Grand Slams.

Djokovic's return to the courts was punctured at the Monte Carlo last week when he was defeated by Casper Ruud.

“I don’t know for how much longer Novak plans to keep on playing, but the perfect person is with him at the moment – Ziki (Nenad Zimonjic),” Ivanisevic told tennis365.com.

“He is a great friend of mine, we went through a lot together and I love him. He has vast tennis knowledge, but what is most important – he knows Novak really well.

“At the moment, Novak doesn’t need someone completely new, who is yet to get to know him. Let’s say 10 days pass, Novak ‘goes crazy’ and this new coach is left wondering what is going on," Ivanisevic stressed.

The former coach also highlights one of the year's tennis pans for the Serbian - the 2024 Olympics. 

“I believe that Novak will find motivation, I am sure of it. I wish him Olympic gold with all my heart, even more than the Slams. It’s something that he wants, he feels like he owes it to someone, although he doesn’t owe anyone anything. I wish for him to succeed in the Olympics."

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