Novak Djokovic has apparently completed a miracle comeback from February’s abdominal tear drama, with the No. 1 signed on for a full playing schedule starting later this month.

The Serb who had hinted he might not even be able to finish the Australian Open after suffering the third-round injury – and then lifted his ninth title in Melbourne – will start his spring season in the mask-free environment of Florida at the Miami Masters..

That outing will be substantially a “ghost” event, with a maximum entry of 750 spectators per day, who will then not be allowed near many of the match courts at the stadium parking lot venue.

Djokovic is due to move over to European clay, and will come to the aid of the new Belgrade Open, a pandemic-era addition to the calendar set for the week after play ends at the player’s “home” Monte Carlo Masters next month.

It could be presumed that Djokovic could also front up for the Madrid and Rome Masters staged in May – COVID conditions pending – prior to the start of Roland Garros competing in his “home” Monte Carlo Masters followed by Rome in May and Roland Garros.

The ambitious schedule puts paid to recent worries by co-coach Marian Vadja that the 33-year-old might have to  limit up upcoming effort. 

Main photo:- Novak Djokovic receives treatment during third round match by – Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO


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