Novak Djokovic has taken his final call. The 31-year-old Serb won't compete this week at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna or Swiss Indoors in Basel. 'We have tried everything until the end, but Novak gave clear signals of the need to rest', said Vienna tournament director Herwig Straka.
Previously, Straka had revealed several reasons why Djokovic could have played in Vienna: 'He always liked the Central Court here, his agents get daily contacted by me through calls. We have 500 points at stake. It could be an enormous bonus for Djokovic next year.
This year Novak did not play a lot in the first half of the season.' Djokovic is already back in Monte Carlo to spend some free time with his wife Jelena and their children Stefan and Tara. The Serbian player travelled from Shanghai to Frankfurt, then from Frankfurt to Nice.
On his way, he coincided with Borna Coric, and when he came to Germany many fans recognized him during the security and passport control. Djokovic, who travels with Serbian diplomatic passport, a recognition that was given to him when he won the 2010 Davis Cup with his country, needed to wait a lot as Serbia is not included in the European Union.
Fans invited him to pass ahead but he, despite the tiredness he got during the competition week, stayed there as one more person. Coric took a little bit more time as he had to go through a special passport control while the world number two was saying "Hi" and smiling to all the people who he was meeting.