Beaten in the Roland-Garros final, Novak Djokovic will not return to Paris … in 2020. While this very special season is slowly but surely approaching its end, the Serbian confirmed Wednesday to the Serbian newspaper Sports Journal that he would ignore the French Masters 1000. To consolidate his place as world number 1, with Roger Federer’s record (310 weeks spent at the top) in sight in a few months, the person concerned decided to line up in Vienna (October 26-November 1) and the Masters of London (November 15-22), the only two tournaments that can allow it to add new points to its capital.
Djokovic had already hinted at another media outlet in his country last week. “I will play two more tournaments by the end of the year in Vienna and London. I haven’t been to Vienna for 15 years, this tournament was not originally planned in my plans, but I can’t wait to be there. This season has been weird and I hope to finish it in place of world number 1. This is my goal and I am working for“, he had in particular.
Preserve yourself for the Masters
The trend had been clear for several days. “Novak will play in Vienna, but I don’t know if it will be in Paris. I don’t even know if it makes sense to play there, since he can’t lose or gain points“, had already considered Goran Ivanisevic in an interview with Sportklub Serbia. While the world number 1 has traveled a lot in the past two months between New York, Rome and Paris, he therefore intends to recharge his batteries to finish strong in the O2 Arena in London.
Remember that the reform of the ATP ranking due to the coronavirus crisis allows players to keep their 18 best results between March 2019 and December 2020. Djokovic is therefore guaranteed to keep the benefit of the 1,000 points of his title at Bercy last year. “Since I did not play in Vienna last year, I can win 500 points there. In addition, a lot of points are at stake in London too“, moreover confirmed the person concerned to Sports Journal.