Connors reveals what could be the key of success for Djokovic in Paris

The former US legend explained how getting some victories in Geneva could be important for the Serb

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Connors reveals what could be the key of success for Djokovic in Paris
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"The reason why I decided to participate in the Geneva tournament is because I feel that right now there is no better training for me than playing matches. I feel like I need to play matches. I first want to thank the organizers of the tournament for the way they which welcomed me and my team. All the people I met were very sweet to me, many children. For now it's a wonderful experience. I know Geneva, some of my cousins have lived here for a long time and I have come to visit them several times. I also trained on occasion in Geneva, but never played the tournament.

This is one of the most beautiful clubs with an incredible view of the lake. The reason why I decided to participate in this event is because I feel that right now there is no better training for me than playing matches. I feel like I need to play matches, hopefully as many as possible. This is how I find my fit. The head is fine after the accident in Rome. I trained for a week and I feel good, we'll see how it goes during the match. I discussed the preparation with my old new athletic trainer to build the form capable of allowing me to compete in the Slam tournaments. I hope to play more than one match here, that's the goal, and then we'll see what happens in Paris."

Novak Djokovic explained at the media day of the ATP 250 Geneva his choice to play in the Swiss tournament, which is held a week before the Roland Garros. The Serbian champion's season has not started as usual and several problems are affecting his performance on the pitch. Nole played two tournaments (Monte Carlo and Rome) on clay, showing the same problems seen at the beginning of the season. Furthermore, at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Djokovic suffered a blow to the head due to a water bottle falling from the backpack of a spectator intent on asking him for an autograph on the Center Court.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Mike Hewitt / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

The US former tennis star Jimmy Connors, in his podcast Advantage Connors, spoke with his son Brett about Nole's participation at the Roland Garros, underlining the importance that his participation at the ATP 250 in Geneva.

"You have to do what's best for yourself because coming to Paris, settling in and getting used to your surroundings, from the hotel to the pitches, all of that is an important part of your attitude towards going to play. So if he gets three or four matches at the Geneva Open, that would be fantastic," explained Connors.

Novak Djokovic
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In the media day before his debut at the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva, Djokovic focused on the injuries that are affecting Rafael Nadal in the last phase of his career and explored his discussion on his vision of things.

"I'm sad about all the injuries that Nadal has suffered and I feel lucky if I look at my career. I hope to stay fit for a little while longer, because I love this sport and I don't feel like retiring. I know I didn't start the season well, I'll try to find the right sensations again," admitted Djokovic, still declaring his love for the sport that made him so famous. After his premature elimination at the Masters 1000 in Rome, the Serbian decided to accept the wild card offered to him by the organizers of the Gonet Geneva Open and today - at 6pm - he will challenge Yannick Hanfmann in his debut.

Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic recently talked about his relationship with the crowds on Nick Kyrgios' Good Trouble podcast, filmed last January at the Australian Open but only shared in recent days. 

"I don't know, it really depends on the situation. People think I take advantage of that energy, when someone doesn't like me or I face adversity on and off the court. Sometimes I do it because it's the only thing on my mind and I need to find a solution. I have to find a way to win a tennis match and be who I am while staying true to myself. I know not everyone will like me. I know people obviously have their favorite players or maybe they want the underdog to win. Things like that happen. I've been on Tour for so long and I've experienced some great atmospheres in my favor and great atmospheres against me. But I think ultimately you really have to understand the moment, because you're not going to feel the same way every single day," he explained.

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