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Novak Djokovic reveals lockdown secret – ‘I was able to train almost every day’

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Djokovic has been in Marbella, Spain since March when the country went into strict lockdown.

This month the Spanish government has begun to lift its restrictions thus enabling athletes to resume training in their respective sports.

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Djokovic was found to have inadvertently broken the regulations after posting a video of himself practising at the resort he has been staying at with his family.

However, the Spanish Tennis Federation had not relaxed its rules by that point and the hotel issued an apology to the world No 1.

Since then Djokovic has been able to restart training and he has now flown back to Serbia where he announced the launch of the Adria Tour.

The exhibition which will take place on a series of dates in the Balkans will see the likes of Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov participate and raise money for humanitarian projects.

Speaking in a packed press conference, Djokovic was asked how he has been coping without tennis and keeping fit.

And the Serbian star revealed his residence in Marbella had a tennis court which he used daily.

He said: “Unlike many other players, I was able to train almost every day because we resided in a house with a tennis court.

“I refrained from posting clips on social networks because I didn’t want to infuriate other players.

“I am fit and in good shape, so I am looking forward to the Adria Tour, which I am organising.

“I am delighted that Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev will be my guests here in my hometown.

“This is the first time any of them will be playing here and I will do everything in my power to be a good host.

“We would dearly love for fans to be able to attend but that’s still not certain because we have to abide by the Serbian governments coronavirus regulations.”

The format of the Adria Tour will see eight players, competing in two groups of four on a round-robin basis with the winners of each pool advancing to the final.

The first leg will take place in Belgrade on June 13 and 14 at Djokovic’s complex and the second in Zadar, Croatia on June 20 and 21.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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