2021 just doesn’t want to get going. Unfortunately I will have to cancel my start at next week’s tournament in Novak Djokovic’s hometown Belgrade. My knee hurts and I went to see a doctor. It is not a big issue but I need to take care of it. I am definitely not fit enough to play next week. I am terribly sorry because I was really looking forward to this tournament. I hope I will be able to play in Belgrade in 2022.

This will delay my return to the ATP-tour to Madrid. No later than that do I want to be completely fit at the beginning of May and play proper tennis. There is something positive, though: Coach Nicolas Massu arrived in Austria yesterday, we are going to continue my program even though at the moment we have to be careful. In the meantime I have also been working on my physical fitness with sports scientist Mike Reinprecht. There is no doubt, the big goal till the summer are the French Open – in Paris I must be at my best.