Novak Djokovic’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where and when will he compete next after US setback?
A look at Novak Djokovic’s 2023 tennis schedule and his results so far…
Djokovic has been in blistering form so far this year as he won the Adelaide International 1 – beating Daniil Medvedev and Sebastian Korda en route to lifting the title – and followed it up with a 10th Australian Open crown on Sunday.
He dropped only one set at Melbourne Park and his 10th title also saw him draw level with Rafael Nadal on 22 majors while he also moved to 93 singles titles.
After spending three weeks on the sidelines to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up at the Australian Open, Djokovic made his return at the Dubai Tennis Championships. He reached the semi-final before he was unceremoniously dumped out by eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.
What’s to follow…
He was hopeful of returning to the Indian Wells Open (March 6-19) and Miami Open (March 20-27) as he applied for a special exemption to compete in the United States despite their entry regulations requiring foreign visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
However, he withdrew from the Indian Wells Open and will in all likelihood also miss the Miami Open as his application was unsuccessful.
Monte-Carlo Masters – April 10-16
Following his Dubai exit, Djokovic admitted that if he was unable to play in the United States he would take some time off before kicking off his clay-court season in Monte-Carlo.
“If there’s no America, I guess I’ll play clay. Monte-Carlo is probably the next tournament. If that’s the case, I’ll take some time off, I’ll prepare,” he said.
Last year it was his first tournament back after he missed the Sunshine Double and you could see he lacked match fitness as he lost in the second round against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
He has won the title twice, but his last success was in 2015.
Banja Luka Open
For the past two years Djokovic competed in his home tournament the Serbia Open during this specific slot on the calendar, but the event has been temporarily moved to Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner will be in the main draw as his brother and tournament director Djordje Djokovic has confirmed his participation.
Madrid Open – April 24-May 7
The ATP Masters Madrid Open is another key event ahead of the French Open and three-time champion Djokovic reached the semi-final last year.
However, it is not a sure thing that he will compete as he missed the tournament in 2021, 2015, 2014 and 2011.
Italian Open – May 8-15
Djokovic is the defending champion at Foro Italico and the event is a fixture in his calendar as he played there every year since making his main draw debut in 2007.
French Open – May 28-June 11
The 2023 French Open will give Djokovic a chance to edge ahead in the race for most Grand Slams, but Rafael Nadal is likely to stand in his way along with Carlos Alcaraz.
If he is 100% fit, then Djokovic will be in the draw for the second Grand Slam of the year and you can expect to see him compete during the business end of the tournament.
Wimbledon – July 3-16
The three weeks between the French Open and Wimbledon is usually a rest period for Djokovic as he doesn’t play any grass-court warm-up events as he prefers to play exhibition tournaments.
Djokovic will return to the All England Club as the defending champion and gunning for a fifth title in a row. If he is successful then he will draw level with Roger Federer’s record eight titles at SW19.
Cincinnati Open – August 14-20
The Canadian Open was another tournament that he missed last year due to his unvaccinated status and with regulations changing he could return, but it is far from a clear-cut case has he hasn’t played in the tournament since 2018.
He could make his North American return at the Cincinnati, where he won in 2018 and 2020, although he missed the 2021 and 2022 editions.
US Open – August 28-September 10
With United States President Joe Biden confirming that Covid-19 emergency regulations will be dropped in May, Djokovic’s way has been cleared for a return to the US Open following his absence last year.
His last appearance at Flushing Meadows in the 2021 final when he finished runner-up to Daniil Medvedev while his last title win was in 2018.
Astana Open – September 25-October 1
Last year he competed at the Tel Aviv Open and Astana Opens, but the former event has fallen away with the Astana Open now taking place a week earlier.
It remains to be seen if he will make a trip to Kazakhstan this year.
Shanghai Masters – October 2-9
The ATP Masters 1000 tournament has not been held in the past three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it scheduled to return this year and the event has been a key part of Djokovic’s end-of-season calendar.
He is a four-time champion in Shanghai with his last title coming in 2018.
Paris Masters – October 30-November 5
Djokovic won his fifth Paris Masters title in 2021 and finished runner-up to surprise winner Holger Rune last year and it is usually an important warm-up event for the ATP Finals.
ATP Finals – November 12-9
He still has to qualify, but the way he has started 2023 it will take a collapse of epic proportions for him not to make it to the season-ending tournament in Turin.
Last year he won the title undefeated.
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