‘I have missed tennis,’ admits Novak Djokovic ahead of Monte-Carlo return

Novak Djokovic says he has missed tennis as he prepares to play his first match since he won the Australian Open final. 

The Serbian completely outclassed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets on 21 February to win his 18th Grand Slam title.

He hasn’t actually played competitively since, though, partly due to an abdominal tear he suffered during that tournament and partly due to a desire to spend more time with his family.

He will be back in action at the Monte-Carlo Masters, though, and it’s a special tournament for him since he lives locally.

“Mentally I missed tennis [the] past couple months that I haven’t been competing,” Djokovic said. “I look forward to my first match.”

“I have had some periods in my career where I didn’t play a tournament for maybe a couple months, then came back.

“I don’t think there is anything special I have to do in terms of preparation in order for me to feel my best on the court. I’ve been training quite a lot on clay.

“Here in Monte-Carlo actually where I reside with the family, it was convenient and feels great. I feel physically prepared.

“You play the tournament at the club where you usually come to train. You still spend time outdoors walking around the club, which you don’t have normally the opportunity to do because there’s so many people, it’s just impossible to walk around.

“Now you can actually go and check out some training sessions from other players or matches, just be outdoor in the fresh air, which is something that we are grateful for.”

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