Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has postponed his wedding to aid his preparation for Wimbledon, according to the Daily Mail.
The world number two is currently on holiday in Ibiza, where he is holding his stag party, and it has been reported that he has changed his mind about marrying fiancée Jelena Ristic before the start of the tournament at SW19.
Guests for the couple’s wedding ceremony are rumoured to include current Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Russian women’s star Maria Sharapova, entrepreneur Richard Branson and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson.
They have been together for almost eight years, and became engaged last September.
While the 27-year-old’s rivals have been getting match practice on grass, the former world number one decided to take a break from tennis to help him prepare to regain his Wimbledon title that he won in 2011.
The six-time Grand Slam winner felt the need to distance himself from the sport after reaching the final of the French Open in his previous tournament, which he lost to world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain in four sets.
Results this week have shown that he may have made a wise decision, with Murray and Nadal both being knocked out in the third and second round of the Aegon Championships in London and the Gerry Weber Open in Halle respectively, as they both showed fatigue following longer runs at Roland Garros.
Ristic travels to watch her partner’s matches around the world, and she will have witnessed a mixed bag for Djokovic in 2014.
While he has won three Masters Series titles in Indian Wells, Miami and Rome, the four-time Australian Open champion has not managed to win a seventh major, and he has now lost in five of his last six Grand Slam finals.
His last Grand Slam triumph came at the Australian Open in 2013, and he will go into Wimbledon this year looking to shake off memories of the final last year, where he was beaten by Murray in three sets.
There is a chance that the Serbian number one could reclaim his spot at the top of the world rankings if he is to go one step further this year, as he currently sits less than 200 points behind Nadal in the rankings table.
He will be looking to rediscover the form that saw him become the first Serbian to win the men’s singles title three years ago, in a year where he won his first 47 matches and also won the Australian Open and US Open titles.
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