Novak Djokovic: 'During off-season I may not touch racket for three weeks'

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Novak Djokovic: 'During off-season I may not touch racket for three weeks'

Novak Djokovic commented on what has been his longest break from the tennis court in career. Speaking in Cincinnati, the Serb said: "The longest that I didn't take a racquet in my hands when I was not forced to with injury was postseason.

Two-and-a-half, three weeks I think sometimes. But mostly under two weeks. Somewhere between 10 and 14 days without a racquet. Obviously, you start to do some fitness and conditioning training without the racquet for several days or a week, and then you start to get the racquet in your hands and start off slowly.

It just depends, again, whether it's end of the season, and you know that you have a stretch of, say, five, six weeks with no tournament, then you obviously have more freedom or more time to get yourself ready and you don't need to rush with practicing hard on the tennis court.

But during the season, it's obviously less, because you still want to -- you don't want to have too long of a break, because then you kind of lose that feeling on the court." Asked how he picks his hitting partners in training sessions, Djokovic added: "It depends whether you practice a day or two days before your match.

Knowing that you're going to have a right-handed or left-handed opponent affects who you want to practice with, specifically aiming to prepare yourself for that next match. But, you know, I have practiced with a lot of different guys.

It's hard to say one name that stands out or two names. I have just practiced with a lot of top guys over the years, especially top guys I feel like prior to the Grand Slam or few days before the start of the big event.

It's quite important because you want to have that intensity in the practice session, especially if you're having a practice set and want to have a test to see where you're at and just get into that match play sort of situation.

And when you practice with one of the top guys, it feels like a match situation because you don't want to lose that practice set. So, you know, you have really match-like situation in terms of mental perspective but also game-wise."