After the global shutdown due to the Novel coronavirus in early March, all sporting events comes to halt. World number one Novak Djokovic said that, he is originally striving to cope up with the uncertainty in the surrounding.
Tennis tournaments all over the world are postponed until at least mid-July due to COVID-19, which has now infected more than 3.19 million people while nearly causing 227,000 deaths, according to a Reuters report.
“For us tennis players it is important that the calendar is clear,” Djokovic told Sky Sport Italia.
“Officially it is the 13th of July, many people say it is difficult we will start again on that day. For me it is important to have a routine, I cannot keep on waiting for that day. I train every day at the gym, I run at home, I play with my kids and this is also hard work. At the beginning, I was mentally a bit empty and confused, because (the timing) wasn’t clear. I talked with my team, I tried to train every day, even though I didn’t follow the preparation strictly,” he added.
Before the events came to halt, Djokovic was in very exceptional form as he lifted the ATP Cup for Serbia, winning a record-extending eighth Australian Open title and achieving the fifth victory at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
This year’s Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time ever after World War 2 in order the virus while after the end of the US Open, Ronald Garros was also rescheduled for 20 September – 4 October.
“Officially it (the restart) is the 13th of July but the WTA in Canada (Rogers Cup) has already been cancelled, although not the men’s event,” Djokovic said.
“We need to see how the situation in the United States goes because we are expected to go there in August. There’s the possibility that they cancel all the events in America and that we go back to the tennis court in Autumn, maybe we can go to Rome in two-three months… let’s hope we can get back to playing,” he added.