Novak Djokovic has been keeping his eye on the ball over these past two months, practising every day on a private court in Marbella with his brother, Marco, as the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from returning to his homeland, but he kept his training quiet so as not to enrage other players or the general public.
Unlike many other players, I was able to train almost every day because we resided in a house with a tennis court. I refrained from posting clips on social networks because I didn't want to infuriate other players. Novak Djokovic
After the cancellation of the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami, Djokovic flew to Marbella, where he quarantined with his family for two months before returning home last week.
The World No 1 is now back in Serbia and revealed the news at a press conference in Belgrade on Monday.
“Unlike many other players, I was able to train almost every day because we resided in a house with a tennis court,” he said.
“I refrained from posting clips on social networks because I didn’t want to infuriate other players.
“I was practicing on the hard court, lately on the clay court as well. I feel good. I have been working out a lot.
“I am fit and in good shape, so I am looking forward to the Adria Tour, which I am organising.
“It’s uncertain when we will again play but I’m taking this Tour seriously. World stars are coming and I want them to have a positive experience. I care a lot.”
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is set to host and play in the new Adria Tour next month, a series of unsanctioned exhibition matches to be played in the Balkan region.
Djokovic, who turned 33 last week, revealed that Alexander Zverev is the latest player who has committed to playing on the Adria Tour and play in the 13-14 June event in Belgrade and could also be on court in Zadar, Croatia a week later.
Although the matches in Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina have not yet been fully confirmed, the series has been arranged to raise money for humanitarian projects across the region as well as helping tennis players get back in shape during the ATP Tour suspension.
The Adria Tour, which will also feature Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov amongst other players, will take place from 13 June to 5 July.
Meanwhile, the final day of a women’s exhibition tournament in Florida featuring several WTA players was washed out by rainstorms on Sunday, organisers announced.
“It’s disappointing, but overall the team at UTR are so excited to bring back tennis and live sports across the world,” said Tournament Director Stephen Amritraj.
“We’ve gotten so much interest globally from people who love what we’re doing.”
Heavy downpours in the West Palm Beach area wiped out the final portion of a match between Danielle Collins and Ajla Tomljanovic.
The winner was scheduled to meet Alison Riske in Sunday’s UTR Pro Match Series final.
Sunday’s third-place consolation match was also called off.
All matches were played in a shortened format in which the first player to four games with a two-game lead wins the set.
The three-day, four-player exhibition tournament was billed by organisers as the first professional women’s tournament in the US since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.
Riske, at 19th in the world, was the top-ranked player in the event.