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Novak Djokovic Injury Update: Doctor Who Performed Surgery Gives Hint of Serb’s Next Tournament

Tanmay Roy

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With Carlos Alcaraz being the center of attention for the past few days, the tennis world went a bit silent on Novak Djokovic. Ever since the former World No.1 player bowed out of the French Open after injuring his knee, tennis fans and aficionados have been eagerly awaiting his return to the court. Turns out, they might have to wait a bit longer, as Djokovic’s doctor gave an update on his injury on Monday.

Novak Djokovic slipped and fell many times during his stunning 5-setter game against Francisco Cerundolo in the fourth round. Although Djokovic won the match, he injured his knee in one of those falls and blamed it on the below-par surface. Djokovic claimed there was an uneven distribution of clay on both sides of the court.

Owing to his injury, he had to forfeit his quarter-final match against Casper Ruud. As the tournament moved on, Djokovic moved out to get his bad knee treated. Now, his doctor shared an unfortunate update about the 37-year-old Serb in an interview with French publication, L’Equipe.

Antoine Gerometta revealed that Djokovic’s injury is serious enough to prevent him from stepping onto the court anytime soon. This also means that the 24-time Grand Slam winner mostly won’t get a chance to compete at Wimbledon in three weeks.

This comes days after Djokovic announced on X that his surgery went well. He also expressed confidence that he might be back playing the sport he loves very soon. That is what makes the doctor’s recent update even more shocking to tennis fans.

Many of his fans, who are already angry at the French Open officials for terrible management, got angrier after they failed to reach out to Djokovic to pay attention to his complaints. Especially since it was their slippery court that caused the damage.

Novak Djokovic Could Tumble Further in ATP Rankings

After reigning at the top spot for a long time, Novak Djokovic slipped in the ATP world rankings recently. The Serb is now at No. 3, who is preceded by Carlos Alcaraz at No.2 and Jannik Sinner at No.1. After winning 3 out of 4 Grand Slams last year, Djokovic came into this ATP calendar year on a high. He was also the oldest World No.1 player for a while.

But after losing in 6 ATP tournaments this year, including 2 Grand Slams, Djokovic finally lost his spot. At the start of this year, the points gap between him and Daniil Medvedev (who was No.2 at the time) was huge. But today, he stands at 8360 points, behind Alcaraz’s 8580 and Sinner’s 9525.

Things can get worse for Djokovic soon, as he has 2000 points to defend at Wimbledon 2024. And if he can’t compete, which seems likely, he might allow Alexander Zverev (6885) and Medvedev (6485) to close in on him.

Djokovic might next play at the Olympics in nearly 6 weeks time from now. Ironically, he will then be back playing at the Philippe Chatrier itself, where he got injured in the first place. Is this the beginning of the end of Novak Djokovic’s illustrious career? Or does the 37-year-old have it in him to make one last comeback? Time will tell.

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Tanmay Roy

Tanmay Roy


Tanmay Roy is a Tennis Journalist at The SportsRush, whose lifelong passion and zeal for the sport landed him this position. A writer with over 1000 articles under him, Tanmay fell in love with tennis in 2005 when Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon final after a stunning three sets. Tanmay followed the likes of the Big Three - Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal from the mid-noughties to now. His interest was stronger than ever after the wonderful 2009 Wimbledon Final which saw Roger Federer win after a see-saw 5-set match. His favorite female tennis player is Serena Williams and Monica Seles. Tanmay's favorite match-up to date is Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick in the 2000s. If possible, the John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut first round match at the 2010 Wimbledon is the only match Tanmay would love to watch Live by going back in time. Of late, he is a huge fan of Jannik Sinner and believes the youngster has the potential to break every record.

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