Novak Djokovic ruled out for rest of 2017

Novak Djokovic has announced that he will not play again this season to focus on recovering on a long-term elbow injury.

The Serbian retired during his quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon earlier this month and has suffered from his injury for the past 18 months.

“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,” Djokovic said.

“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 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 I will come back stronger.”

The world number four will now miss the US Open, bringing an end to a run of 51 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.

Cover Photo: IMG_3821 by Marianne Bevis used under license by CC BY-ND 2.0.

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