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Novak Djokovic Opts Out of Shanghai Masters, Hints at Return in Paris

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has made the decision to skip this year’s Shanghai Masters, marking the first time since 2019 that the prestigious tournament will not feature the Serbian superstar. Djokovic, a four-time champion in Shanghai, expressed his regret at missing the event and conveyed his gratitude for the unwavering support he receives from fans in China.

Djokovic, who has made nine appearances at the Shanghai Masters, has enjoyed significant success at the tournament, including four titles and four semifinal appearances. However, this year, he has opted for a different schedule, which could see him return to competitive action at the Paris Masters later in October.

In a statement shared on social media, Djokovic expressed his affection for the Shanghai Masters and the Chinese fans. “Over the years, some of the best support I receive anywhere in the world is in China. Shanghai has always been one of my favorite tournaments in the season. I will be missing my #NoleFam in China. I hope that I can come back to China in the future and play in front of all of you again,” Djokovic announced.

This decision comes on the heels of Djokovic’s triumphant victory at the US Open, where he claimed his 24th Grand Slam title, tying him with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis history. Following his historic win, Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, had hinted at a potential break from the Asian swing of the ATP Tour.

“I don’t look into the future. My future is that I have knee surgery now, so we’ll see. As for Novak, I know he is going to the Davis Cup. After that, he should rest well and regroup. I don’t think he will go to China, but he will have to play at least one more thing before Turin and the final tournament. Maybe Paris. We’ll see, now we’ll enjoy this victory for a bit,” Ivanisevic had commented shortly after Djokovic’s US Open triumph.

The Paris Masters is scheduled to begin on October 30th, making it the likely next appearance for Djokovic in competitive tennis. The Serbian star’s absence from Shanghai will provide him with additional time to recover and prepare for the upcoming events on his calendar.

Following the Paris Masters, Djokovic is expected to compete in the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Final 8, capping off what has already been a remarkable and historic season for the tennis legend.

While Djokovic’s absence from the Shanghai Masters will undoubtedly disappoint fans and organizers, it also underscores the importance of carefully managing the tennis calendar, especially for players of Djokovic’s caliber. With an eye on his long-term career and ambitions, Djokovic is making strategic decisions to ensure he remains at his best when he returns to the court.

As Djokovic continues to chase records and etch his name in tennis history, his every move on and off the court will be closely scrutinized by fans and experts alike. His decision to skip Shanghai, despite his historic Grand Slam win, reinforces the idea that the pursuit of greatness requires not just talent but also thoughtful planning and recovery. Djokovic’s fans around the world will eagerly await his return to action in Paris and beyond, as he seeks to further solidify his legacy in the sport.

Reference:

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/137738/novak-djokovic-announces-decision-on-his-shanghai-masters-participation/

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/djokovic-shanghai-2023-withdrawal

https://www.tennis.com/news/articles/where-will-novak-djokovic-play-next-it-won-t-be-in-shanghai-withdraws-china

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