‘Realistic’ that Novak Djokovic doesn’t compete again until clay season, says Goran Ivanisevic

The injury that Novak Djokovic sustained at the Australian Open may keep him out until the clay season, Goran Ivanisevic has confirmed.

Djokovic suffered an abdominal tear in the third round of the Australian Open against Taylor Fritz, and he was able to battle through it to win the tournament.

That did, however, cause further damage to the injury, and we may now not see the world number one compete until the ATP Tour moves to the red dirt.

“It is realistic,” Ivanisevic said when asked by Tennis Majors if Djokovic may not play again until the clay season.

“Now it depends on the injury as well, but there is no need to rush it. The only tournament that he would play is maybe Miami.

“I think his next MRI is in two weeks, so we will see. There is no need to take any risks, I would rather see him one hundred per cent ready for the clay season in order to try to go after the Roland-Garros title once more.”

Djokovic has promised to lessen his schedule moving forward as he turns his attention to taking the Grand Slam record from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but Ivanisevic does not expect a huge amount to change.

“If you look at his schedule in the last five or six years, it is not as if he was playing a bunch of tournaments,” he explained.

“I do not think one can focus on Slams only since you need to have good preparation and a positive feeling going into the Slam.

“For instance, Novak was feeling great about himself before the Australian Open because of the two tough matches he had at the ATP Cup.

“I am sure that he will play a couple of tournaments on clay before Roland-Garros, one grass tournament before Wimbledon and then there are Olympics before the US Open.

“We will see about indoors, but on a yearly level, he might play two or three tournaments less, which is not a significant change.”

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