Novak Djokovics decision to withdraw from ATP competition before the 2013 Australian Open may disappoint fans of bet365 betting Australia, especially those who were hoping to catch a glimpse of their hero in action, but the move is the right thing to do when you look back at his 2012 season.
Djokovic, along with fellow major competitors, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, will compete in an exhibition tournament the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi, rather than play on the ATP Tour 250 events in Brisbane and Sydney.
The reason for his withdrawal is not simply down to the fee he undoubtedly will receive in Abu Dhabi, but also a considered move to stay away from fierce competition.
Djokovic suffered from a tightly-packed schedule in 2012 that many who watch tennis online argued restricted the world number one to a sole Grand Slam over the season.
Granted, he did not compete in ATP Tour events before the Australian Open last year either, but his recovery from the event lasted long into the summer, the Serb falling in the final at Roland Garros and the semis of Wimbledon.
The strain of reaching finals stages of the Australian Open is heavy on the body and Djokovic is once again being careful not to put himself through too much in the early season. We all saw how battered and bruised his figure was during his US Open final defeat and it took the 25-year-old a whole month to recover from the strain.
With this season geared up to be even harder than 2012 due to the return of Nadal, the omnipresence of Roger Federer, and the step up of Murray Djokovic needs to take it steady in the opening throes of the season if he wants to increase his majors tally over the next 12 months.