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Novak Djokovic doubtful for US Open: World number four could be out for 6-12 weeks

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 24 Jul 2017
  • Novak Djokovic could miss the US Open
  • Reports in Serbia say former world number one could be out for 6-12 weeks

World number four, Novak Djokovic is a major doubt for the US Open, according to reports in Serbia.

The 30-year-old is expected to be out for 6 to 12 weeks, ruling him of the entire US Open series, and possibly Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final against France in September. Djokovic will not train during this recovery period, and will only be restricted to fitness work. 

Should the reports be confirmed, skipping the US Open would end Djokovic’s run of 51 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.

Statements credited to his Serbian doctor, Zdenko Milinkovic reveal that the 12-time Grand Slam champion has a bone bruise in his elbow, sustained as a result of excessive playing. While surgery is not an immediate option, Milinkovic did not rule out that possibility, but it would only be a last resort.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion retired from his Wimbledon quarter final against Tomas Berdych because of a right elbow injury, after which he had the problem checked by a specialist in Toronto, Canada. Further examinations in Serbia concluded that he had a bone bruise, and will need to take some time off the sport to heal the problem.

The elbow injury already forced Djokovic to miss the Miami Open earlier in the season, and he now looks set to for a more significant spell on the sidelines.

The reports back up Djokovic’s initial fears after his Wimbledon retirement, when he admitted that he may have to take an extended break from the sport to regain full fitness. He revealed then that he had been managing the elbow injury for almost a year, and may have pushed it to breaking point.

“The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning surgery, mentioning different options,” Djokovic said after quitting his quarter final against Berdych. “Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done. As long as it kind of comes and goes, it’s fine. But adding up, maybe it worked for seven, eight, 10 months, but now the [last] seven months is not working that great. Obviously it’s adding up more and more. The more I play, the worse it gets. I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”

The break may be just what Djokovic needs to get back to his brilliant best, after falling well short of those standards in the last year. He has picked up just two titles this season- in Doha and Eastbourne, and has failed to fire at the Grand Slams. Djokovic suffered a shock second round loss to Denis Istomin at the Australian Open, his earliest exit from a major since 2008, and fell at the quarter finals at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. 

He is expected to address the press later this week when he will shed further light on his injury and possible spell on the sidelines.

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