Novak Djokovic has dismissed any doubts about his fitness ahead of Wimbledon 2014, following rumours that his right wrist problem had flared up.
There were concerns about Djokovic's condition this week as he made a late withdrawal from an exhibition match at The Boodles. The World No. 2 had been present on site at Stoke Park on Thursday and still decided not to take part in the action. An on-court announcement of the withdrawal sparked worries that the Serb's Wimbledon hopes had been waylaid by a wrist problem.
Djokovic has since explained that his decision to pull out of The Boodles was related to the injury, which troubled him earlier in the season. Apparently the transition from clay to grass had once again aggravated his wrist.
"It's the first time that I have problems with the wrist. I started feeling it before Monte Carlo tournament started," said Djokovic. "I played Monte Carlo under strange conditions, under a lot of pain. I decided to skip Madrid, which was a good decision, because I played pain-free in Rome and Roland Garros."
Djokovic claims that the pain has been alleviated by his decision to rest up. Given that Djokovic is generally considered the favourite to win Wimbledon 2014, his cautiousness is most likely for the best.
"Right now I don't feel any pain," he added. "But I felt like when I'm changing surfaces, especially from clay to grass, in the opening few days of the practice here got a little bit of a strange sensation in the wrist. Now it's fine, so hopefully it can stay that way."
Djokovic is set to enter Wimbledon 2014 as the top seed and the news that he's fully fit should restore the belief in his chances of picking up his second title at the All-England Club.
The Serb will begin his campaign with a first round clash against Andrey Golubev next week. It's a match that Djokovic is expected to win comfortably, though Golubev has the ability to make life difficult for highly-rated opponents. For evidence of this, look no further than the Kazakh's victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Davis Cup this year.