Injury Woes Over, Djokovic And Federer Head Back To The Courts

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

BEVERLY HILLS, March 06, (THEWILL) – Highest ranking tennis player Novak Djokovic confirmed readiness to return to the court at the Miami Open later this month, after recovering from injury. The Serb had not played since winning the Australian Open in February as he was recovering from a muscle tear suffered in the third round of the season opener.

Earlier, his Croat coach Goran Ivanisevic suggested that Djokovic may not play again until the clay season, but according to a partial schedule posted on his website, Djokovic is entered for the March 22-April 4 ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami.

The leading tennis player has a busy schedule that goes from Miami, where he has won six titles, to Monaco for the clay-court Monte-Carlo Masters, running from April 11-18, before returning home to Belgrade for the ATP 250 Serbia Open, when the ATP Tour returns to Belgrade for the first time since 2012, and the April 19-25 Serbia Open will be held at Djokovic’s tennis centre.

Ahead of the Roland Garros Grand Slam, there are two clay Masters events in Madrid (May 5-9) and Rome (May 9-16) before the French Open proper serves up on May 23.

Last month, the Serb won a record-extending ninth Australian Open title last month and his 18th Grand Slam title, moving him two behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings. On Monday, Djokovic will surpass Federer’s all-time record for most weeks as ATP world number one, as he has held that top slot for the 311th week.

As for the Swiss maestro, Federer is set to return to action next week in Doha but will not play in Miami, while Nadal’s return to action is not yet known after he withdrew from the Rotterdam Open this week with a back injury.

Federer, the 20-time grand slam champion, has not played a competitive match since the Australian Open of 2020, with a couple of knee surgeries delaying his return. A race to appear at this year’s Australian Open was shelved when he could not achieve a satisfactory level of fitness to compete.

Now, the 39-year-old is returning to action in Doha next week. Following the Qatar Open, Federer is slated to play at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships the following week before heading back to Europe for the clay season, which will hopefully culminate with his return to major action at the French Open.