World No.1 Novak Djokovic has signed up for both singles and doubles duty at the Paris Masters as he returns to action for the first time since his US Open heartbreak.
Djokovic will be aiming to bounce back from his setback in New York, where he had the chance to secure a calendar-year grand slam and claim the 21st career slam title that would take him past Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, only to fall to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final.
The 34-year-old will be the top seed at the Masters 1000 event in Paris, where he is a five-time champion, and will also team up with countryman Filip Krajinovic with an eye on some practice ahead of the Davis Cup at the end of November.
“He’s going to play with Krajinovic, his buddy from the Davis Cup,” tournament director Guy Forget told reporters.
“He said he would commit himself to play for the Davis Cup for his own country. This is why he wanted to play doubles here.
“We don’t often see him play doubles, so we’re delighted. It’s rare to see a No. 1 playing a Masters 1000 in doubles.”
After a first round bye, Djokovic will open his Paris Masters singles campaign either against Italian Fabio Fognini or Marton Fucsovics from Hungary.