After one of the greatest seasons in tennis history, Novak Djokovic said he took a well-deserved few weeks off to rest for the new season. Djokovic says he’s now ready to do it again.
“I had a couple of weeks off,” Djokovic said Sunday in Doha. “Time to spend with my family and try to keep my thoughts off the tennis. Tennis season is the longest season we have in sport, so there is not much time in those weeks where you can actually allow yourself this luxury of thinking something and doing something else.
“That’s what I had this time, and I tried to use it in the best possible way, because I know that once I start training and preparing myself that, you know, I get my thoughts and my mind back in tennis and back in what I should do.”
Djokovic added that his main priorities in 2016 are the Olympics in Rio and the French Open. And he admits, he isn’t sure how many Slams he’ll win.
“It’s Olympic year,” said Djokovic. “Of course Grand Slams and Olympic Games are the priority of the season, but it’s a long season so I can’t really predict what’s going to happen or guarantee if I’m going to win any of the Grand Slams or all four Grand Slams. Of course I’m going to try to win every tournament and every Grand Slam that I play in, because that’s the kind of mindset that I have. I try to be optimistic rather than pessimistic.”
Djokovic is playing his second Doha event after losing last year in the quarterfinals to Ivo Karlovic.
“I do feel very motivated to do well in Doha because it’s a new tournament for me,” he said. “It’s only the second time that I’m playing it in my life, and, I mean, as you said, I went out early in quarterfinals last year to Karlovic. That actually motivates me even more to try to go as far as I can and compete for the trophy. Of course I want to do that.”
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