Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

Novak Djokovic ‘will be well on his feet at Roland Garros’ asserts former Olympic gold medallist

Marc Rosset, 1992 Olympic singles gold medallist and former world number nine, believes Novak Djokovic will be ready for Roland Garros as shifts in Covid-19 protocols allow him to play more consistently.

The world number one has endured a challenging few months, after being unable to compete at both the Australian Open and the ‘Sunshine Double’ events in the United States last month due to his vaccination status.

In fact, Djokovic has only been able to compete in two tournaments so far this year, playing just four matches in the process.

His latest of the two tournaments came last week at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he suffered a shock second round defeat to young Spaniard and eventual finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Prior to that, he had played in the Dubai Tennis Championships in February, where again he fell to a surprise defeat against Czech qualifier and eventual finalist Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals.

However, Djokovic’s period of uncertainty and turbulence seems to be over for the rest of the clay court season, with Covid-19 restrictions being lifted across Europe.

Rosset believes the change in circumstances surrounding Covid-influenced national entry rules will ensure Djokovic is back to his best soon.

He told RTS: “It’s rare for him [to tire]!

“It also demonstrates that nothing is done with a snap of the fingers.

“But I think he will be well on his feet by Roland Garros, because if he wants to, he can now play every week from here to Paris.

“He is no longer in uncertainty, when he did not know which tournament he could participate in, when he could not put the same intensity into his training.

“Everything will go back in the right direction for him.”

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