Novak Djokovic injury was confirmed recently as the Serb is set to sit out for the rest of 2017 season citing elbow injury.
Earlier this month, the World No. 4 was forced to retire in the second set during his Wimbledon quarterfinal clash against Tomas Berdych and admitted after his loss that he had been feeling pain in his elbow for the past eighteen months.
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“All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest,” Djokovic admitted in his Facebook Live Broadcast held in Belgrade and also in his official website.
He further added, “A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I’ll do whatever it takes to recover. I will use the upcoming period to strengthen my body and also to improve certain tennis elements that I have not been able to work on over the past years, due to a demanding schedule.”
Djokovic also revealed that the family is set to welcome a new member. “My wife Jelena and I are expecting our second child, and we are preparing to welcome a new family member. These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight. I’m confident I will be ready for start of the new season.”
Amidst all this, Djokovic confirmed that fellow former World Number 1, Andre Agassi, would continue to be a part of his long-term coaching team.
The Serbian has never missed a major tournament since he first entered in his first event, the Australian Open back in 2005 and this is marked as the third longest run active among men (seventh longest in history). His absence from the upcoming US Open will result in ending his run of appearing at 51 consecutive Grand Slams.
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Djokovic is ending the 2017 season with a 32-8 record, which includes two ATP World Tour titles at Qatar Exxon Mobil Open and the Aegon International.
In addition to missing out on the US Open, Djokovic will also sit out from the Asian Swing, Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final clash against France and the ATP Finals. As a result, he could end the year well outside of the Top 10. However, Djokovic is hoping to make a comeback at the 2018 Australian Open.