Novak Djokovic returns to the court at Monte-Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic is set to return to the court at the Monte-Carlo Masters.

The tournament starts on April 9 and is the curtain-raiser for the European clay season.

Djokovic is a two-time winner in Monte-Carlo but it has not been a very successful tournament for him in recent years.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has won just four matches in his last four appearances in Monte Carlo. Last year, he was bounced out by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Djokovic is ruled out of Indian Wells and Miami Open due to his vaccination status. Just like last year, he will head into the Monte-Carlo Masters with a lengthy lay-off from the court.

Djokovic can play at the French Open, which is the second Grand Slam of the tennis season. There are currently no restrictions to prevent him travelling to France and that is not expected to change.

Djokovic is a two-time champion in Paris and, along with Rafael Nadal, will bid for a 23rd Grand Slam title.

“I just feel Nadal, you know, the rivalry with Nadal is something that is difficult to eliminate just because someone is doing great things in the last year and a half, you know, Nadal has been the biggest rival and probably will remain the biggest rival,” Djokovic said in an interview with Marca in February.

Novak Djokovic was beaten by Nadal in the quarterfinals last year.

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