Former world number one Novak Djokovic won’t be involved in any tennis action again in 2017 after an elbow injury ruled him out for the remaining part of the year.
Djokovic, whose appearance at the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, has been threatened by the elbow injury, decided to call his game time short for 2017 in a bid to recuperate and come back better.
The Twelve-time Grand Slam champion said he had suffered an elbow problem for over and a half and he is resting base on Doctor’s advice.
According to Djokovic: “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, a prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I’ll do whatever it takes to recover.
My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when playing forehand as well. My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far.
At the beginning of my career I was facing health issues, but over the years, and with a lot of patience and dedication, I found a solution. That’s the approach I take to this situation, and I firmly believe that I will come back stronger.”
The Serb further added he would spend time building up his fitness and strength as well as working on areas of his game that needs improvement.
“Professionally this is not an easy decision for me, but I’m trying to look at the positive side, I want to play professional tennis for many years to come.”
The injury development means Djokovic will miss the US Open, which starts at Flushing Meadows on 28 August, and where he was champion in 2011 and 2015.
His absence at the US Open will, therefore, put to an end a run of 51 consecutive appearances at Grand Slams.