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Tennis News: Novak Djokovic to celebrate son’s birthday rather than compete at the Erste Bank Open 500

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recently came back at the Shanghai Rolex Masters but he failed to make it to the finals with Andy Murray lifting the trophy. In a recent interview, Djokovic revealed that he is planning to skip the 2016 Erste Bank Open 500 in Austria to celebrate his son’s birthday.

The 29-year-old Serbian star still holds the top spot in the tennis world rankings but Murray is closing in on him. The next tournament in the ATP season is the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, Austria from October 24 to 30 but Djokovic is not going to participate.

“I’m going to celebrate my son’s second birthday. That’s an event I look forward to. I’m going to do a lot of things off the court, plenty of things off the court,” Djokovic said, via the ATPWorldTour.com.

Stefan will turn two years old on October 21 and Djokovic wants to be at home for it. The celebration is one of the things the Serbian is looking forward to after a year of many ups and downs that saw him win two Grand Slam titles and lose in the first round of the Olympics.

Despite his recent run of bad form, Novak Djokovic is optimistic about his chances at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, France and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, England. He noted that he just wants to regain the emotional and mental side of him to be back to his top form.

“It’s not over yet. There are a couple of big tournaments still along the way in Paris and London. I’ll try to get ready for indoor season where I always, in the last couple of years, played pretty well. I’ll try to get better,” Djokovic said.

According to the ATP Rankings, Novak Djokovic still has a 2,415 point lead to Andy Murray. But with his current form, there is a chance that he will slip to the second spot at the end of the year or early 2017.

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