We are only a few weeks since we last saw Novak Djokovic play a match. He was playing doubles for Serbia after losing a singles match to Jannik Sinner and Italy. Sinner beat him in the doubles match too and sent Serbia home. As we all know, Novak Djokovic uses any bit of inspiration he can find to re-motivate himself, and maybe the losses to Sinner are doing that.
As he normally does, Djokovic is spending what there is of the tennis off-season at his estate in Marbella, Spain. But while he might be enjoying spending time with family, going to the beach, and participating in some Christmas shopping, Novak Djokovic is not leaving tennis behind. Whatever arguably the greatest player ever feels like he could improve on, he is already working on it.
In a recent tweet posted by We Are Tennis, Djokovic can be hitting the ball around with friend and retired tennis player Carlos Gomez-Herrera. Gomez-Herrera has been helping Djokovic work out for a number of years and the two even played doubles together in 2021.
Novak Djokovic looks ready for another great season in 2024
Before Novak Djokovic begins his 2024 campaign by playing in the United Cup in Perth, Australia, beginning December 31, and after leaving Marbella, the 24-time Grand Slam champion will travel to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, where he has set up a block of time to train. Joining him there will be fellow Serb and 2023 ATP Next Gen Finals champion Hamad Medjedovic. Medjedovic has spent quite a bit of time at Djokovic’s Novak Center in Serbia learning how to become a successful pro.
To be sure, Serbian tennis looks to be in good hands even after Djokovic decides to retire, whenever that might be. Medjedovic looked fantastic at the ATP Next Gen Finals and he could make deep runs in several tournaments in the coming year. What better way to learn to be better than to train with the best player ever?
Of course, Novak Djokovic is not done yet. That he took maybe two weeks off (if that!) shows he wants to continue winning. He might even have to beat Medjedovic a few times to accomplish his goals.