‘I am mentally exhausted,’ admits Novak Djokovic as he confirms Paris Masters decision

World number one Novak Djokovic has admitted he is ‘mentally exhausted’ after coming through an incredibly tough few months.

Djokovic has been the outstanding player of 2020, reaching two Grand Slam finals (winning one), and winning more matches than anyone else on the Tour.

It has, however, also been a very difficult year for the Serbian star.

He tested positive for Covid-19 before being blamed for an outbreak on the Adria Tour, and he also had a high-profile defaulting at the US Open.

In addition, Djokovic has taken on the burden of setting up a breakaway Players’ Association and has faced resistance to that as well.

It has all left him feeling understandably drained, and that has led him to confirming he will be skipping the Paris Masters next month.

“At the end of the year I will play two tournaments: Vienna and London,” Djokovic told Mozzart Sports.

“I have not been to Vienna for almost 15 years. And it is a tournament that was not in my original calendar, but I really want to play there.

“This has been a pretty strange season, but I hope to finish it in the first position. That is my goal and what I keep working on.

“I have played a lot in the last two and a half months. With the addition that I have not been able to go out or travel a lot.

“First because of the restrictions and then because of the quarantine rules in the tournaments. That has left me very exhausted on a mental level.”

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