Novak Djokovic unsure if he'll play Monte Carlo Masters due to ankle injury

Monday April 15th, 2013

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic enters the clay season seeking his first French Open title. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic is in Monte Carlo preparing for this week's Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, but he can't say for certain that he'll play the event. Djokovic, who injured his ankle during his Davis Cup win over Sam Querrey two weeks ago, is scheduled to play his first match Wednesday. As The Guardian reports, the world No. 1 is waiting to see how his ankle reacts in practice.

"I can't guarantee 100% that I'll be on court," he said on Sunday. "I have to be realistic and cautious."

The only reason he contemplated playing was because he has a second home in the tax haven – and, if he is not able to fulfil a Masters 1000 obligation in his adopted city, he must be concerned about his upcoming timetable, leading into the French Open in late May.

"I've had three days of practice and I've been increasing the level each day," he said. "If I have discomfort over the next two days that would be an indication if I should or should not play. This is the start of a new season on a new surface. To compete at a high level I must be 100% fit. I've been taping the ankle and doing all I can to be ready on the court. I know there is a lot of expectation for me to play – no one wants me to be out there more than I do."
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