Novak Djokovic: The Good Thing Is I Don’t Need Wrist Surgery, But I Don’t When I Can Play Tennis Again
by Staff | April 19th, 2014, 4:48 pm

Following his 7-5, 6-2 loss today to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo semifinals, defending champion Novak Djokovic spoke about his injured right wrist which hampered him during the match.

“The good thing is I don’t need to have surgery,” said Djokovic. “I don’t have anything ruptured or something like that. I’m going to go see doctors tonight and then tomorrow again have another MRI.

“I really don’t know what’s the diagnosis, to be honest,” he said. “I just rest now. I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don’t know. It’s really not in my hands anymore. I’m going to rest and see when it can heal 100%, then I will be back on the court.”

Djokovic revealed the injury at the start of the week but lost just two games in his first two matches. Then today with the wrist heavily wrapped he inflamed the injury in the first set.

“From the end of the first and the whole second, every shot was painful, especially with the serve,” he said. “I am a professional athlete. I fight. I compete. I don’t like to withdraw from tournaments. I don’t like to retire my matches. I like to play to the last point.

“The pain was there every single day from 10 days ago. At some stages it was very painful. Between the first and second match I had a day off so I didn’t practice at all and I healed a little bit. Then again I started playing.

“I had two weeks between Miami and Monte Carlo. It’s not like I was tired or I had some long trips or something like that. It just happened during the practice week. Sometimes it just happens. It’s not predictable.”

As Djokovic said, he will undergo an MRI which could reveal further damage to the wrist potentially requiring surgery. Wrists injuries in tennis can derail a tennis career. Juan Martin del Potro has already missed significant time with his wrist issues. Youngster And also this year Laura Robson will miss both the French and Wimbledon due to her wrist problems.

Djokovic isn’t scheduled against for two week when the Madrid Masters starts up.

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18 Comments for Novak Djokovic: The Good Thing Is I Don’t Need Wrist Surgery, But I Don’t When I Can Play Tennis Again Says:

Wow. Horrible news. World number 1 out, just when we all thought he was ready to give Rafa a real challenge on clay. And Rafa, who had a very bad day yesterday, just found his clay season get MUCH brighter.

Objective observer Says:

We are all the poorer for it if we miss the chance for those classic matches.

Gordon Says:

Not only his clay season, but his hold on the number 1 ranking.

contador Says:

Hold on number one ranking? Where is the a link or source for that, @gordon? Says:

The comments are very vague. The seriousness could be just from his emotion in the immediate frustration. Maybe it will only be a few weeks, but certainly the impression from this is a couple months.
The truth is, before Novak’s explosion to #1 in 2011, he was known as a hypochondriac. I believe he personally focused on growing up and toughening himself up and stopping the public weakness exhibitionism, and I respect him for that a great deal. So right now, I kinda hope this is “old” Novak, and in the light of day a week or two off will set him right. I dunno though. If this was hurting all week…

contador Says:

Oh…..I was so freaked out earlier that I misread Gordon’s post.

Michael Says:

It might be purely coincidental as well as sentimental. But whenever Becker is in the viewers box, Novak is landing himself in trouble. Becker’s presence is just not proving lucky for him. The body language of Novak was not pleasing to watch and it looked that he was in some sort of pain not being able to swing his arm freely as he would like. I just hope for the sake of Novak, the nature of injury is not serious and I am worried for him. As rightly said, wrist injury are serious issues which can jeopardize a Tennis career and what a pity that would be if Novak’s career is to be cut short, which I hope is not the case. Novak has some real shot at Rolland Garros this year and I wish that he comes back firing all cylinders.

Michael Says:

It is always a premium to watch a block buster match. Either the rain or player’s injury plays spoilsport most of the times.

roy Says:

it’s because of his style. people only get injured when they have the wrong style, a non-federer style. like grinders and everything.
if you don’t grind you don’t get injured.
djoker was grinding.
and that explains why he has a wrist injury.

that’s why ferrer has been so fortunate with injuries, because of his ultra-aggressive style.

injuries have nothing to do with genetics or luck.
it’s about whether you play really aggressive or don’t.

if you don’t, this kind of thing happens.
if only djoker was more aggressive and took the ball earlier, he wouldn’t be destroying his body like this.

madmax Says:


“if only djoker was more aggressive and took the ball earlier, he wouldn’t be destroying his body like this”.

April 20th, 2014 at 2:36 am

I don’t understand this comment? If Novak was more aggressive, then surely he would have caused more damage to his wrist? Even fracture it, or worse still break it, with the swing he has.

It is not good news right now, but I absolutely expect Novak to come back firing on all cylinders..he has overplayed it, that is all. I also believe he will be more than ready for the French, but perhaps a dark horse as opposed to a favourite. I don’t expect though, him to play Madrid.

All the best.

Okiegal Says:

I thought he had an aggressive type bandage on. He said he felt something prior to MC….for his sake, I hope his wrist isn’t hurt as bad as DelPo’s. Well, I know one thing for sure, he didn’t do himself any favors by injecting it and “playing through the pain”……just saying.

skeezer Says:

I posted on another thread that was curious when Nole injured his wrist. Having read this I got the answer. Rest up Nole!

rafaeli Says:

Too much speculation is pointless. Even Nole himself doesn’t know him what exactly is wrong so how some people can say categorically when he’ll be back is beyond me.

Hippy Chic Says:

All the best Nole i hope the injury isnt too serious,just get plenty of Rand R and im sure you will be fine,the timing is pretty bad though….

Hippy Chic Says:

I really wish some people would stop blaming BB for Novaks results,they are not the workings of some jinx or curse,of couse the injury might have had some bearing on the result but its merely due to the fact that Roger was simply far better than Nole on the day….

SG1 Says:

roy Says:
it’s because of his style. people only get injured when they have the wrong style, a non-federer style.


Too simplistic a view of injuries.

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