Novak Djokovic has sent tennis fans in a frenzy after announcing he will play singles and doubles on his back to the ATP Tour at the Paris Masters.
Fans have been waiting seven long weeks to see Djokovic back in action after last playing in the US Open finals in September.
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And now they will get to see him twice as much after the world No. 1 participated in the double draw as well as the single in Paris.
Djokovic will aim to return from his setback in New York, where he had the chance to secure a calendar-year grand slam, claiming the 21st career slam title that would take him past Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
But he fell to a straight-set defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the final before retreat from Indian Wells in the wake.
The 34-year-old will be the top seed at the Masters 1000 competition in Paris, where he is a five-time champion.
He joins compatriot Filip Krajinovic with a view to some doubles training ahead of the Davis Cup at the end of November.
“He’s going to play with Krajinovic, his buddy from the Davis Cup,” tournament director Guy Forget told reporters.
“He said he would commit to playing for the Davis Cup for his own country. That’s why he wanted to play doubles here.
“We do not often see him play doubles, so we are happy. It is rare to see a No. 1 play a Masters 1000 in doubles.”
After a farewell in the first round, Djokovic will open his Paris Masters singles campaign against either Italian Fabio Fognini or Marton Fucsovics from Hungary.
Fans were delighted to see Djokovic’s name in the double draw and excited about the prospect of seeing him back in action.
However, some expressed concern that he might overdo it, especially after his fadeout at the Tokyo Olympics while playing singles and mixed doubles.
Novak Djokovic refuses to commit to the Australian Open
In the meantime Djokovic has refused to commit to playing the Australian Open in January amid controversy over his vaccination status and quarantine conditions.
Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison said last week unvaccinated players would be free to compete in the Open if they completed two weeks in quarantine.
But Victoria’s Prime Minister Dan Andrews slammed the door and insisted that players who were not stabbed would not have access to Melbourne Park (like unvaccinated fans and officials).
Djokovic, who tested positive for Covid-19 last year, has repeatedly refused to disclose its vaccination status.
Victoria has introduced a vaccination mandate for professional athletes as it fights a resurgence of coronavirus cases.
Djokovic was non-committal when asked on Sunday in Paris about the likelihood of competing in the Open.
“Well, I’ll decide if I’m going to Australia or not after watching the official statement from Tennis Australia,” the nine-time Australian Open champion said at his first press conference since his loss in the US Open final.
“Right now we have no official announcement or statement. So until it’s out, I will not talk about this anymore, because I will not be a part of the stories about the assumptions and what if.
“When the official condition requirements for traveling to Australia and playing in Australia are out, then of course I will see what I personally do with it, and also the larger group of players you know, for the situation is obviously different in Australia than the most parts of the world. “
Djokovic said he is focused on finishing as No. 1 by the end of the year for a record seventh time.
“End of the year # 1 is on the border between Medvedev and myself,” he said.
“So that’s obviously the goal for the end of the season, apart from trying to do well in the Davis Cup with the national team.”
Although eager to gamble, a vague Medvedev also refuses to reveal his vaccine status.
“I’ve always said that I really like Novak’s answer about this. No matter if it’s about vaccine, bone injury, head injury … I want to keep my doctor private for a reason,” Medvedev said Sunday.
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