To recover and rest for the upcoming 2016 season, Novak Djokovic will pass up the big cash available at the IPTL and the Abu Exos this month.
Djokovic was to play for the Singapore Slammers during the second season of the IPTL, but the World No. 1 officially withdrew yesterday.
“I had a great experience in the inaugural edition of the IPTL and was eagerly looking forward to playing in the second season, especially in front of the home crowd in Singapore,” said Djokovic. “It’s been a long year for me and my body needs some extra time to recover. I wish the team the very best and will join them next year.”
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are all playing in the series.
Djokovic also will not be playing in the lucrative December 31 Abu Dhabi exo.
Are these withdrawals an indication that Djokovic has become wiser in his scheduling and more focused on his chase for the history books? It certainly does.
Djokovic will return June 4 in Doha where he will be joined by Nadal and David Ferrer.
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