Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic opts to skip warm-up tournaments ahead of title defence at SW19

Belgrade: World No 1 Novak Djokovic said on Wednesday that he had decided to skip playing a Wimbledon warm-up tournament this year in order to rest and recover from a long clay-court season.

Djokovic suffered a punishing defeat by Dominic Thiem in an epic five-setter in the Roland Garros semis in his last game 11 days ago.

 Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic opts to skip warm-up tournaments ahead of title defence at SW19

File image of Novak Djokovic. AFP

The defending champion will be going for a fifth Wimbledon title when the tournament gets underway on 1 July.

"Because of the very long clay-court season, I decided to take a break before Wimbledon," the 15 time Grand Slam winner told a press conference here after a practice session.

"I'm going to need to get used to the grass, and I have a couple of exhibition games lined up. Just two or three sets each so I can test my tactics and technique," he said.

On Wednesday, Djokovic was training with his friend and compatriot Viktor Troicki at an academy owned by former player Janko Tipsarevic and where Djokovic's five-year-old son Stefan was also knocking a tennis ball around.

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Updated Date: Jun 19, 2019 21:59:11 IST