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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