Never one to shy away from attention, 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will star in his own reality show on Amazon Prime Video next year.
Executive produced by Peter Berg of Friday Night Lights fame and co-produced by his company, cameras will follow Djokovic around the world in 2017. The series will look not only at his life on the court, but also the members of his camp and his fabled training techniques, with holistic and diet adjustments helping his old problems with fatigue, leading to him spending much of this decade at World No. 1.
The announcement of this look into his private life comes at an interesting time, as Djokovic has admitted to personal problems this summer, though he would not elaborate further and says they have been resolved.
In more 2017 news, Rafael Nadal has altered his schedule again. After already swapping out Doha for Brisbane as his pre-Australian Open warm-up event, the 14-time Grand Slam champion has dropped his usual February swing on South American clay for the indoor hardcourts of Rotterdam.
That may seem counterintuitive for the greatest claycourter of all-time, but the combination of Nadal’s advancing age (he turned 30 in June) and his propensity for sweating profusely led to wearing down in surprise semifinal losses in the heavy humidity of Buenos Aires (a 250 event) and Rio (a 500 event) this season to Dominic Thiem and Pablo Cuevas, both long three-setters.
Nadal has not played a hardcourt tournament in February since 2009, when he reached the Rotterdam final, losing to Andy Murray.
Often overshadowed by the strong Dubai field, Rotterdam tournament director (and 1996 Wimbledon champion) Richard Krajicek beefed up his field with not just Nadal, but also Thiem and Nick Kyrgios.