Novak Djokovic’s Physio: He Should Be Ready For Rome And The French Open
by Tom Gainey | May 7th, 2014, 9:49 am

Take it for what it’s worth, but Novak Djokovic’s physio, Pavel Kolar, thinks the World No. 2 will be back on court next week at the Rome Masters.

Djokovic withdrew from Madrid this week after his right wrist he injured a month ago was not healthy. Speaking to AFP, Kolar admitted that trying to play Madrid was too early, but added he felt Novak’s “inflamed tendon” would be healthy for Rome and the French Open.

“He should be ready for Rome, that’s the plan. The French Open should follow,” Pavel Kolar told AFP.

“The treatment took place last week but we agreed he would resume training gradually, slowly, to avoid a recurrence.

“Madrid was too early, he would have to start playing on clay which is far more demanding than other surfaces, you play more returns and more spins, straining your wrist, so we decided he would come back in Rome.”

Djokovic is aiming to complete the career Grand Slam in Paris later this month.

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11 Comments for Novak Djokovic’s Physio: He Should Be Ready For Rome And The French Open

Ben Pronin Says:

Wait, what? I thought clay was the magical cure-all-maladies surface. This is hogwash!

contador Says:

Nole worries me.

Hippy Chic Says:

Hopefully everything is alright now with the wrist,seems like it anyway which is great news?

Patson Says:

@Ben: Depends on the body part we’re talking about I suppose ?

Objective observer Says:

Having played on red clay alot I can tell you what he is saying is true. In some ways clay is easier on the joints but longer points means more running and more shots hit.

Maestro Fed Says:

This statement is just to keep his fans interested.
He is NOT playing Rome and RG. Says:

This just sounds like bad idea jeans. Inflamed tendons= tendonitis.

If he was suffering badly enough to drop out of a tournament, can he really be fully recovered just three weeks later?

Okiegal Says:

@Tennis Vag

I’m no doctor, but to answer your question, I doubt it, really. I agree with Maestro, I think his team knows that is what his fans want to hear……so to be told he’s going to Rome, that’s music to their ears. I personally think he should not even consider coming back until the FO. The injury is apparently worse than first thought. Good luck with his recovery.

Humble Rafa Says:

Objective Observer, given his neutral sounding name, must be an Arrotard for sure.

cp123 Says:

A cortisone shot can alleviate tendonitis at least for a few weeks. So the timing of that shot is critical for the FO.

Michael Says:

All though this seems encouraging still I am not sure if Novak’s wrist injury will allow him to play in Rome and even Paris. If what the Physio says turns out to be true, then it must be an excellent piece of news for Novak’s well wishers.

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