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Watch: Novak Djokovic, Vasek Pospisil & Malek Jaziri take a break from tennis training to play a football game

Novak Djokovic
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Modified 17 Dec 2020, 23:53 IST
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recently took part in a friendly game of football in Belgrade, along with several other players - including Canada's Vasek Pospisil and Tunisia's Malek Jaziri.

Jaziri uploaded a video on his social media account, which showed the players taking a break from tennis training and turning to soccer for a bit. He also tagged Novak Djokovic, Vasek Pospisil and Viktor Troicki in the post.

Djokovic has been in Belgrade for a while, practicing at the Novak Tennis Center ahead of the start of the 2021 season. The facility has several indoor courts and is located within a tennis club in the capital city.

Jaziri and Pospisil have joined a whole host of Serbian players - including Filip Krajinovic, Laslo Djere, Damir Dzumhur, Viktor Troicki, Olga Danilovic and Ivana Jorovic - in training at Djokovic's property.


Novak Djokovic eyeing his 18th Major at the Australian Open in February

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The 33-year-old Novak Djokovic will be able to plan his schedule now that the ATP tour has released its much-awaited calendar for the first two months of the 2021 season.

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In 2020, Novak Djokovic won the ATP Cup for Serbia and followed it up with his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. But it is not yet confirmed whether he will play both tournaments this year.

As per the latest reports, all Australian Open participants will need to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel, starting mid-January. During this time, they will be able to train and practice for a total of five hours a day.

Novak Djokovic has the option of playing the ATP Cup or any of the other ATP 250 events scheduled in Melbourne, before the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam of the year will now begin on 8 February.

Novak Djokovic will aim to win the 18th Grand Slam of his career in Melbourne, where he has already won a record eight titles. He is currently three behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal overall, both of whom have 20 Majors.

Djokovic ended the 2020 season as the World No. 1 for a record-tying sixth time. He also won the Cincinnati Masters and the Rome Masters, but went down to Nadal in the French Open final.

Published 17 Dec 2020, 22:54 IST
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