BELGRADE – Lack of grass courts in Serbia will not be detrimental to Novak Djokovic’s bid to defend his Wimbledon title, the world number one said in the early stages of his training for the July 1-14 tournament at the All England Club.
Djokovic, who is aiming for a fifth Wimbledon title and his 16th Grand Slam crown, plans to play only one or two exhibition matches in the build-up to the grasscourt major.
Asked why he changed the routine and skipped this year’s Queen’s tournament in London, Djokovic pointed out that whereas he needed as much action as he could get ahead of last year’s tournament, he opted for a different approach in 2019.
Djokovic was exchanging stinging basesline shots with compatriot Viktor Troicki, a close friend and also a member of Serbia’s 2010 Davis Cup winning team, in hot and humid conditions which he said would play into his hands.
Having missed a chance to win four grand slam tournaments in row for the second time in his career when he lost to Dominic Thiem in last month’s French Open semi-finals, Djokovic said he was heading to Wimbledon almost devoid of pressure.