World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is planning to play more tournaments in 2021, per Sasa Ozmo of Sport Klub. However, 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic remains undecided on his schedule for the last part of the season.
Djokovic, 34, last played at the US Open, where he suffered a disappointing straight-set loss to Daniil Medvedev in the final. Djokovic was chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title and to become the first player since 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year.
Novak Djokovic will play until the end of the season, but hasn’t yet decided on the exact schedule.
— Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) October 14, 2021
The three biggest events left in 2021 are the Paris Masters, Nitto ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals.
Djokovic hinted he could skip the rest of 2021
Shortly after the US Open final loss, Djokovic indicated he could sit out the rest of the season.
Djokovic had a huge summer, winning the French Open and Wimbledon. Also, Djokovic made the semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics. Following an exhausting summer of tennis, it wasn't a surprise that Djokovic wanted to take a break to refresh.
"Let me tell you – I have no plan, absolutely nothing,” Djokovic said after the final. “I don’t know if I’m going to play anything, anywhere… I’m just here in New York right now”.
Ivan Ljubicic, a former tennis player and the current coach of Roger Federer, said he would not be surprised if Djokovic skipped the rest of 2021. “It will be interesting in the next big tournaments to see if the Big Three will win titles again or if everyone will stop at 20 Grand Slams.
I think they will remain competitive but we will have to see if they are able to win in five sets against the young players who already stand out like Berrettini, Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev. I would love to see Djokovic at Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in Turin, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decides not to play for the rest of the season," Ljubicic said after the US Open.