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Racquet to Blame for Djokovic’s Bad Play?

Photo by John Togasaki.

Photo by John Togasaki.

While Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray played in the Qatar Open to prepare for the first major tournament of the season, 3rd ranked Novak Djokovic opted to play in the Brisbane International, a tournament which he should have easily won being that he was one of only two players in the tournament who are ranked in the top 10 in the world (the other being Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). Djokovic, however, did not win the tournament, he didn’t even make it into the finals. Instead, the reigning Australian Open winner lost in the first round to Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Of course, Gulbis is no run-of-the-mill first round easy defeat; in fact, the Latvian is quickly moving up the tennis ranks and he even has had impressive wins over James Blake and Arnaud Clement. He also nearly defeated eventual champion Rafael Nadal, last year, in the second round of Wimbledon. Nevertheless, Novak Djokovic was certainly expected to win this match.

Djokovic, however, has partially blamed his poor play on a racquet change. “I went from Wilson [racquet], which I played with for the last three years, to Head – and there’s a lot of mental involvement obviously if you make a big change. It takes some time. Of course, you have to hit a lot of balls and you just have to feel comfortable. I didn’t feel in Brisbane comfortable with the racquet and with the circumstances, but it’s going to be better.”

Djokovic is currently playing in Sydney. Intially, he hadn’t planned to play in the tournament; but, his first round loss to Gulbis forced him to accept a wildcard offer for the tournament. By playing in the tournament, he will have more chances to get used to the racquet change.

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  1. swamigp
    January 11, 2009 at 7:17 am

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