Coach Goran Ivanisevic has said Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play any grass tournaments leading up to Wimbledon. Djokovic, 35, is currently in Montenegro, where he recharging his batteries following a disappointing French Open exit.
Djokovic, who came to Roland Garros as the defending champion and the top favorite to win the title, was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal. Djokovic paid the price for losing to Nadal as the Spaniard is now a record 22-time Grand Slam champion, while the Serb remains tied at the second place with Roger Federer (20 Grand Slams).
"Probably nothing (before Wimbledon). We will see, but now is the time to recover mentally. As I said before, people like Novak are geniuses with a different way of thinking - they need a little time to come back and put some things together in their head, but it still takes time.
Then that's it, and he has experienced disappointments before, I know he will be ready for the grass," Ivanisevic told Sport Klub.
Ivanisevic was having a rough time after Djokovic's loss
In the French Open quarterfinal, Nadal ousted Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (4).
Down by a set and two breaks in the second set, Djokovic recovered and won the second set to tie the match to one set apiece. Just when it seemed that the momentum was on Djokovic's side, Nadal dominated the third set and went up by two sets to one.
In the fourth set, Djokovic blew a 5-2 lead and two set points as Nadal closed out the match in four sets. Days later, Ivanisevic revealed to Tennis Majors that he was having troubles with sleeping following Djokovic's loss.
“I have to be brutally honest to begin with – I am in a funk and I can’t sleep,” Ivanisevic told Tennis Majors. “I cannot say that I am disappointed, but I am sad." Djokovic will be hoping to bounce back at Wimbledon.