While faced with uncertainty, Clarke found a new appreciation for the game he has played since he was three years old.
"I think everybody realizes how much they love tennis, and love traveling, seeing the people you've been on tour with for so many years," he says. "The losses don't seem so bad when you don't get to play."
Feeling eager and excited to get back into competition mode, he's been working with his brother Curtis and sister Yasmin on taking his raw all-court game to the next level. In 2021, the world No. 187 is hoping to play a bigger game and control points with less hesitation.
While some pros may be wary of having family members in the coaching box, Clarke wouldn't have it any other way.
"I always accepted that even if the information is not right, it's always coming from a good place," he says. "So it's always been easy to take onboard and we're very open. So if I don't agree with it, I'll just say, I actually think this or we'll talk about it and it's pretty good like that."
Besides having Yasmin's guidance with certain technical aspects of his game, she also has an emotional connection with her little brother (he's eight years younger).
"My sister's always very understanding," he says. "I can't speak obviously for every female coach, but she's really good. She helps with my emotions and how it's OK to be nervous and stuff like this."
Female coaches are rare on tour, especially on the ATP side: Only two Top-100 male players had female coaches in 2020.
The Clarke family trio is currently working on building Jay's arsenal of weapons, so that he can better dictate points. He kicked off 2020 with a career high ranking at No. 154, but concluded the shortened season at No. 187. After the semifinal run in Bernie, he failed to win consecutive matches in his next eight events.