12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play the US Open Tennis Championships on August 28 to September 10 at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York.
According to the Tennis Federation of Serbia’s doctor Zdeslav Milinkovic, Djokovic has a bone bruise that requires a month to three months of rest.
“The minimum will be paused for six weeks, and it is possible that the recovery will last for 12 weeks. He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing. He did not have enough of a pause. Novak clenched his teeth and continued playing despite a serious injury. It was always a big concern for me as his friend,” Milinkovic said.
The 30-year-old Serb last played at Wimbledon and withdraw from a quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych because of the elbow injury.
Milinkovic added that Djokovic is expected to make a statement and address the media this week regarding on his tournament commitments next month.
“Djokovic will announce on Wednesday a plan for the next period. He goes to therapy and can train, but without a racquet.” Milinkovic said
Meanwhile, the former No. 1 in the world won the U.S. Open in 2011 and 2015.