Novak Djokovic’s Bad Elbow Might Force Him To Take A Break, Even Have Surgery
by Tom Gainey | July 13th, 2017, 5:21 pm

Novak Djokovic’s elbow flared up at the worst time, forcing him to retire from a quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych Wednesday at Wimbledon.

Afterward, Djokovic admitted that he’s been struggling with the issue for over a year now. And it forced him out of Miami earlier this season.

“It’s the elbow that already keeps bothering for over a year and a half actually,” Djokovic said. “It’s unfortunate that I had to finish Wimbledon, Grand Slam, this way. I mean, if someone feels bad about it, it’s me.

“But, you know, I tried. I tried what I could do from yesterday, you know, to get it in the condition where I’m able to play. I was able maybe for 30 minutes to play with some pain that was bearable, let’s call it that way.

“I spend probably about two hours, two and a half hours today on the table in between the warmup and match, trying to do everything I possibly could to, you know, make me fit.

“But it wasn’t to be. You know, for an athlete, especially in an individual sport, there is no way out. If you don’t feel fit, unfortunately that’s it. You know, there is no one to come instead of you.”

“I’m just going to talk with specialists, as I have done in the last year or so, try to figure out what’s the best way to treat it and to solve it, to find a long-term solution.”

“The intensity and the level of pain was not decreasing. It was only increasing as the days went by. Actually, I started feeling it already more or less at the beginning of the tournament.”

“Unfortunately today was the worst day. Probably the fact that I played yesterday, kind of days adding up, you know, as I’ve said before, it wasn’t helping at all.

In the end of the day, this is something I have to deal with and accept it.”

Djokovic also hinted that he might need surgery which could end his season.

“The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning also surgery, mentioning different options. Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done,” he added.

“As long as it kind of comes and goes, it’s fine. But obviously, adding up, maybe it worked for seven, eight, ten months, but now the next seven months is not working that great. Obviously it’s adding up more and more. The more I play, the worse it gets.

“I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”

So what will Djokovic do? And whatever he decides will Andre Agassi and/or Mario Ancic continue? With a another baby due soon, it will be a interesting summer for the Serb.

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9 Comments for Novak Djokovic’s Bad Elbow Might Force Him To Take A Break, Even Have Surgery

Wog Boy Says:

Mario Ancic is not leaving his job on the Wall Street, he was clear with that in an interview on Serbian TV, meaning he will be around in his off time.

Encouraging is that he said that Nole mentally and game wise is back, old Nole that fights and wants to win and he is sure he will continue in that road after sorting out injury for which one he said that they knew and were trying to manage it for a few days but unfortunately flared up at the worst possible moment. At the end he added that they don’t know yet how long the break will be, they are looking for specialists opinions right now. Mario had only nice words about Nole. No point giving you link since interview was in SerboCroatian.

It’s easy to be smart now, but maybe Eastburn was mistake if he knew he has trouble with his elbow, it was too close to Wimbledon, no time for elbow to rest. I remember Nole making same mistake in 2009, playing Sydney and going stright to Melbourne just to retire against Roddick, he has never done that since.

Anyway good luck and rest that arm properly Nole.

Wog Boy Says:

I have a feeling that Nole will move to the States for time being (maybe permanently) to be closer to his coaches, buying those apartments in NY and Miami this springtime now makes sense.

Daniel Says:

Hope he only needs a small break. USO seems sure out of the question now. He can maybe return around Paris Bercy time. After Wimbledon he will still be #6 in race wit 2560 pts and several players scattered with below 2000 pts. Murray will also be behind him and we still don’t know the extend of his injury. Djoko’s seems worst now.

Pretty much battle for #1 reduce to Fed and Nadal now.

Truth Says:

He did nothing but play with the guru and Marko and act like nothing was wrong, while he was injured?
Damn sad.

Ahfi Says:

How things quickly change in tennis. I never thought 2 years ago, when Joker had about 15 or 16000 ranking points, that anybody else could could have the opportunity to get to # 1…hmm

Willow Says:

Novak has one last chance to end a disapointing year on a high, depending on how the wrist or shoulder is by the time American HC swing comes round, win the USO and WTF and boom back in buisness, otherwise there will be question marks going into 2018, hes under pressure now thats for sure ….

J-Kath Says:


Nole already had an apartment in Miami – didn’t he simply buy a second there and join up the two?

Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer 7:30
This idea is almost as good as the idea I came up with……a horn to start the count to begin serving…remember?? Toot toot…….lol!

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