Former World No.1 and 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has announced that he will be taking a break from tennis and won’t be playing the sport again in 2017. It was widely speculated that Djokovic would miss the US Open to recover from his elbow injury but this announcement means that Djokovic has decided to take further time off to fully recover from the bruised bone in his elbow.
Djokovic, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, has also claimed that he was carrying the elbow injury for the past year and a half and that the injury started to get aggravated in the past couple of months. He had to retire mid-way through his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych due to the same injury. Djokovic has not been at his best due to the injury and has struggled throughout the calendar year, failing to win a single Grand Slam tournament.
Djokovic took to his Facebook account to make the announcement via a live video. Here’s what Djokovic had to say:
Djokovic also said on his website, “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. It is most important to be able to play injury free for as long as possible, to compete in the sport that has given me so much.”
Djokovic will now look forward to fully recover from his elbow injury and come back at his bruising best in 2018. At 30, he is still in the prime of his career and still has many Grand Slam victories in his locker.