Novak Djokovic: “I Feel Confident In The State Of My Wrist”
by Staff | May 11th, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Novak Djokovic says his ailing right wrist is ready to go this week at the Rome Masters. Djokovic, who injured his wrist after winning Miami, had to withdraw from Madrid due to continued issues. But on the eve of the final big event before the French, the Serb is confident he can play up to his best again.

“I did not feel any pain four days before I was supposed to go to Madrid, though the medical team advised me not to go,” Djokovic said. “I listened to what they said, because I wanted it to heal 100 percent.

“I have practiced and my wrist has been monitored. All the experts – a few doctors and my physiotherapist – said that after I played points and full training, I was able to return to tournament play. Right now, I feel confident about the state of my wrist. I am more ready than I was one week ago to play a match.”

After a poor start to the year, Djokovic picked up his play in March winning Indian Wells and Miami. Then with the wrist deteriorating he lost in the semifinals to Roger Federer in his Monte Carlo title defense.

“I hope I have the mental and physical freshness in returning here,” said Djokovic. “I do not like to skip the big tournaments. I have been injury-free the past five years, but this time the injury kept me away. Having missed Madrid, it might influence my first match here against Stepanek. But I am looking for that edge. I need clay matches and get myself on a run of confidence.”

Djokovic added that he and fiancee Jelena Ristic have yet to set a due date for the birth of their first child. Nor is there a wedding date.

“I have been told not to say too much,” he said regarding the baby. “I cannot say the date, but it will happen at the end of the year.”


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8 Comments for Novak Djokovic: “I Feel Confident In The State Of My Wrist”

Pogi Says:

Wrist ok… If he will win
Wrist not ok… If he losses

Excuses are now the trend these days…


skeezer Says:

Wrists are tricky injuries. Ask Delpo. Have had one myself. Everything can feel ok in recovery and then you make contact with the ball with your racket a little late and the pain is so great you drop the racket. Me thinks he deserves some slack here, He is not a consistent excuse mongerer like Rafa when he loses or wins.
Nole; “možete da uradite”
Get well soon.


Michael Says:

I just hope for the sake of Novak that everything is all right. To hear such words from him looks reassuring although as Skeezer has clearly stated wrist injuries are trickerous and I am keeping my fingers crossed. Only his performance in Rome can give us an insight as to the real nature of his recovery.


Hippy Chic Says:

Well all the best Novak,and all the best for Rome,and hope the wrist is now ok….


contador Says:

Agree, skeezer, injury to the wrist can be very tricky. Guessing he has given time to hitting some heavy balls repetitibely to make sure there is not a hint of a problem, I hope. Trying not to worry about it. Also wondering about the plan for Kie – very glad he is skipping Rome.

But we are talking about super ambitious personalities with lots of self-imposed pressure and goals. We’ll see very soon.
Take good care, Nole!


contador Says:

^ lol, spelling very bad this morning.


Okiegal Says:

“He is not a consistent excuse mongerer like Rafa when he loses or wins”…….since when does a player give an excuse when they win? That sentence made no sense to me.

Joker was the constant excuse giver a few years back pre gluten free days. Remember when Roddick made a comment about Joker in a presser. So, Novak has played the injury card before……Oh how quickly we forget…..but then it all goes back to everyone’s injuries are always worse than Rafa’s……or even Rafa is faking and the others aren’t……fort!


RZ Says:

“Djokovic added that he and fiancee Jelena Ristic have yet to set a due date for the birth of their first child.”

Methinks something was lost in translation here. I’m guessing that Djokovic said that they haven’t announced the due date. :-)

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