Novak Djokovic Not Pleased With The Indian Wells Scheduling
by Tom Gainey | March 17th, 2017, 9:33 am

Understandably, Novak Djokovic wasn’t a happy guy after losing to Nick Kyrgios for a second straight time Wednesday at Indian Wells.

The Serb, also wasn’t too appreciative of the tournament scheduling which forced the 5-time champion to have to play singles Tuesday night in a 3-set win over Juan Martin del Potro then come back at 3pm for a match against Kyrgios followed by a doubles later that evening.

When asked about the quick turnaround, Djokovic didn’t want to answer.

Q. How tough is it with the schedule coming, playing last night, coming back out after a three-setter, and coming out playing early in the day, 3:00 match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t want to comment about that.

Perhaps irking Djokovic even more was that Federer played early afternoon Tuesday against Steve Johnson then had a full 24 hours to recover for his match against Rafael Nadal which FOLLOWED Djokovic’s singles. So Novak played two singles matches between Roger’s two matches. And Novak’s a 3-time defending champion while Federer hasn’t won the title since 2012.

Then again, Novak did decide to play doubles, Federer did not. And because of that Novak’s singles had to be played before the doubles on Wednesday.

Djokovic still gave credit to Kyrgios who has now won all four sets from Novak.

“It’s his style,” Djokovic said. “There is not many players like him on the tour, and, you know, he plays a certain way, and talks and behaves a certain way, which is characteristic for him. Obviously it works.”

After suffering his earliest loss at Indian Wells since 2010 and the end of a 19-match win streak at the event, Djokovic now heads to Miami to defend his title there.

You Might Like:
Bernard Tomic Blasts The Scheduling At The Australian Open
Kim Clijsters Takes Wildcard Into Indian Wells
Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Indian Wells And Miami
Rafael Nadal Is Now Out Of Indian Wells And Miami
2-Time Champion Maria Sharapova Withdraws From Indian Wells

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

7 Comments for Novak Djokovic Not Pleased With The Indian Wells Scheduling

SG1 Says:

Sniffle…sniffle…tissue please. Getting all choked up and teary eyed about another multi-millionaire dollar elite prima-donna athlete having to work consecutive days. Are these guys for real? How is a working stiff going to relate to these guys? Really? You don’t like the schedule? Then take the appearance money and shove off. This is part of the deal. Sometimes the schedule works in your favor, sometimes it doesn’t. Geez…really!

the_mind_reels Says:

This seems to be almost entirely due to Djokovic playing doubles, as the article says. The top guys can’t have it both ways — be the prime-time draw of a tournament and so get scheduled for prime-time (evening) matches when you draw DelPo early in the tournament — and also take part in the doubles tournament and expect perfect scheduling.

He spent 4 hours on court playing singles at IW prior to his match with Kyrgios. He spent more time getting past Andy Murray in a *single match* in Australia in 2012…and then played another 6 hours more in the finals against Nadal. Ah, and he won that.

I’m with SG1.

Czarlazar Says:

The scheduling would’ve worked out better had he brought his “A” game against Kyrgios.

Jenny Shekersavva Says:

go back to daddy djokovic and complain to him maybe he will make a sarcastic comment after all what he was saying about Federer should retire

BBB Says:

Good grief folks, he said “no comment.” That’s it. Calm down.

Tennis-x, seriously, I get click bait, but you’ve managed through the headline and the substance to give the impression that Djokovic complained. He didn’t, unless he made remarks you haven’t quoted.

Wog Boy Says:

Nole is pulling out of Miami due to elbow injury.

the_mind_reels Says:

@BBB: if you watch the press conference, Djokovic gave a wry smile when this question was asked. It’s obvious the schedule was tough for him. That said, playing doubles doesn’t help. If someone says that they don’t want to talk about something, that’s different from saying they don’t have an opinion about it.

Top story: Devastated Andy Murray Won't Play The Australian Open