After an impressive victory at the 2021 Australian Open, Novak Djokovic did not immediately return to a tennis court. Instead, he took time off to heal from his muscle strain and stay with his family. The Serbian also broke Roger Federer's record of 310 weeks at World No.
1. He celebrated it extravagantly with his family and those close to him. But now, with the arrival of the spring season, the 18-time Grand Slam champion has begun his preparations for the clay-court season. After the Down Under tournament, he will play for the first time in the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 event, which begins on April 11.
Novak Djokovic sweeps a clay court before playing Novak Djokovic, 33, is a fitness fanatic and often uses daily activities as a training resource. Therefore, it is no wonder that he swept the clay himself before beginning his preparations.
In the social media post, he wished everyone a Happy Persian New Year and announced that spring was here. The Serbian ace added: “Spring time means time on clay. Time to get those white socks dirty." And he got them dirty without playing tennis.
As a training routine, Novak swept one side of the court to level the red dirt. So far, the 18-time Grand Slam champion has said yes to the Monte Carlo Masters and the Serbian Open. These events will act as his tournaments leading up to the prestigious French Open.
20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will also be ready for his beloved tennis season. Rafael Nadal to join Djokovic in Monte Carlo The 34-year-old has also played tennis since his loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
However, he is sure to make up for lost time with an extensive clay court season. Rafael Nadal's clay season includes the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open, the Madrid Open, the Italian Open and finally the French Open.
While he has an outstanding record in each of the tournaments, players will especially want to defeat him on clay. US Open finalist Greg Rusedski recently spoke to sports website iNews about how the homogenization of surfaces over the last few years has helped Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer maintain their advantage over the younger players.
Rusedski on the Next Gens
Greg Rusedski added that while the Next Gen have been stymied by the homogenized conditions, they can take respite in the fact that they might not have to beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in consecutive matches anymore.
"The difference now though [for the Next Gen players] is you’re not having to beat back-to-back-to-back in terms of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic [to win a Slam]," Rusedski said.