World No.1 Novak Djokovic chose to play ATP 250 tournament in Banja Luka over the ATP 500 Barcelona Open after an early exit at the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters.
In the Monte-Carlo Master, the 35-year-old was defeated by Lorenzo Musetti 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the third round. He was seen struggling with his elbow during the match.
Talking to journalists ahead of the Banja Luka Open, Djokovic revealed that though he is still struggling with elbow issues, it’s not that bad enough.
Djokovic first said how it tires him of thinking about the future and that is why he wants to stay in the present moment and enjoy playing in Banja Luca. Also Read: Justine Henin Calls Daniil Medvedev An ‘Honest Person’ Amidst The Russian’s Feud With Alexander Zverev
“My thoughts are only with Banja Luka, I want to enjoy my presence here,” Djokovic said. “I have been playing tennis professionally for 20 years, it tires me of thinking about what comes next, of planning everything. When a person gets older, he or she enjoys staying in the present moment more. No one knows what will happen in future,” the Serb added.
“You know very well what my goals are. The elbow is not in ideal condition, but it seems to be good enough. I hope it will be better by my first match,” he added. Also Read: Andrey Rublev Vs Holger Rune Match Prediction, Head-To-Head, Preview, And Live Stream | Monte-Carlo 2023
Novak Djokovic will face Luca Van Assche at the Banja Luka Open
Djokovic will square off against 87th-ranked Luca Van Assche in the second round on Wednesday (April 19). This season, he has a win-loss record of 16-2, including two trophies, Adelaide International 1 and the 2023 Australian Open.
He later couldn’t participate at the Indian Wells Masters as well as the Miami Open due to his vaccination status. Before the Sunshine Doubles, he was defeated by eventual champion Daniil Medvedev 6-4,6-4 in the semifinals. Also Read: Hubert Hurkacz Net Worth 2023, Salary, Prize Money, Endorsements, Cars, Houses, Properties, Etc
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