20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic was spotted playing tennis in Belgrade on Christmas.
In an Instagram post shared by Igor Rogan, Djokovic can be seen playing a casual game of tennis around the neighborhood.
“Working saturday… the one and only Novak Djokovic,” Rogan captioned the post on Instagram.
On the same day, it was reported that Djokovic would miss the ATP Cup.
Serbian daily newspaper Blic reported that Djokovic is 99% percent likely to skip the ATP Cup.
The ATP Cup takes place two weeks before the Australian Open.
Djokovic not saying too much
After Serbia’s Davis Cup Finals exit, Djokovic refused to give a direct answer regaridng his participation in Australia.
Djokovic’s name appeared on the ATP Cup entry list but he then pulled out of the event.
“I understand you want some answers on where I start the season, how I start it. I’m really, really tired from this season and this whole year, so I just prefer sticking to the family quality time, rehab mode, then let’s see what the future brings,” Djokovic said after the Davis Cup Finals. “You will be informed. I know what you want. I’m not going to give you an answer tonight. I know what you want to ask me. But you will be informed. That’s all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date. Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon.”
Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge was delighted after Djokovic entered the ATP Cup because he saw it as a good indication the Serb would play the Australian Open.
“He had the choice to enter or not enter so he’s put his name on the entry list and that means you’ve got to believe that he’s coming all the way through the summer,” Woodbridge 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“That’s good for tennis, for Novak fans they’ll be rejoicing, and I think also for the Sydney fans.
“He knows all the government regulations about the vaccination, so that means, you would think, that he’s on top of it unless he pulls something that we’re not expecting.”