Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will not play the remainder of the 2017 season due to elbow injury.
In a video posted on his Facebook page from Belgrade, Serbia, Djokovic announced that his injury needs rest.
“After a year and a half of carrying an elbow injury I’ve made the decision not to play any competition/tournaments for the rest of 2017 season. Unfortunately this is the decision that had to be made at this moment. Wimbledon was probably the toughest tournament for me in terms of feeling the pain that has escalated. 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. This is one of those injuries where nothing can really help instantly. You just have to allow natural rehabilitation to take its course.” The former No. 1 said in a statement on his website
The 30-year-old Serb’s decision will end his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments and hopes to be back to the ATP tour on January 2018.
“Professionally this is not obviously an easy decision for me, but I’m trying to look at the positive side. I will take this time to heal, to do all the different suggested methods of rehabilitation or healing processes so I can get back on the court asap.” the world number four added
Djokovic’s announcement was exactly the same day, July 26, when the 19th time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer announced he was taking the rest of the year last 2016.
Going back, Djokovic, who last played at Wimbledon, was forced to withdraw from a quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych because of the elbow injury and will now miss the US Open next month.
Meanwhile, Djokovic won the US Open in 2011 and 2015.
US Open Tennis Championships will start on August 28 to September 10 at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York.
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