Novak Djokovic Is Having Off Court Issues
by Tom Gainey | March 27th, 2019, 9:43 pm

Following another tough, early exit at a Masters in March, Novak Djokovic revealed off court issues are currently affecting the Serb.

“There is always a lot happening in my life,” Djokovic said after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut.

“Just had way too many things off the court. I guess that affected me a little bit on the court. I didn’t feel my best health-wise, as well, in Indian Wells and here. You know, still rusty, but, hey, look, you learn that’s life.”

For the second straight year Djokovic fails to make the QFs at either Indian Wells or Miami, and he says he now needs to rethink his preparation for the March events.

But he’s hopeful the clay will change his fortunes.

“I grew up on clay, so I like playing on clay. Although, you know, statistically hard court was always my most successful surface,” he said.

“We’ll see. I definitely have to play better than I have these couple tournaments.”

Djokovic is slated to return to Monte Carlo per his website. He’ll also play Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open.

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6 Comments for Novak Djokovic Is Having Off Court Issues

chrisford1 Says:

I wish that some writer will lay Djokovic’s mysterious “issues” out in the open and end much speculation. I understand family privacy, but if this is not an “in the past done thing” but chronic and recurring “family issues” crippling Djokovic’s performance – they need to be brought out.

PK Says:

If Novak is having “family issues” and doesn’t want to talk about them to the public, that’s his right.

We, as his adoring fans, need to respect his privacy. If he thinks the best way to deal with the problem is to keep quiet about it, well, that’s his call. No?


Everybody has ‘family issues’ but it all depends how one is affected by them. I think Nole takes them too emotionally. To learn more about these matters, I recommend you to read his biography written by Chris Bowers.

John Says:

I have been watching tennis since the 70’s and Rafa is the most exciting player ever and my favorite.How is he looking for the French Open(#12)?

j-kath Says:

Agree that Nole has the right to keep family issues – should this be his problem – to himself….a biography is often contrary to real issues….sometimes real issues are those that are hard to face hence harder to reveal. My view is that he is restless in that he is not sure what he wants.

Jack Lewis Says:

“Agree that Nole has the right to keep family issues”

Then maybe he should simply not mention them in his interviews. Seems simple enough.
Don’t talk about things you don’t want to talk about.

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