Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will not play again in 2017 because of an elbow injury.
By SportBrief Reporter
Former world number one Djokovic, will be kept out of action for the rest of the year with the 30 year old having been forced to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych on 12 July.
He said then he had suffered an elbow problem for over a year and a half.
“Professionally this is not an easy decision for me, but I’m trying to look at the positive side,” said the Serb, who is currently world number four.
Djokovic now plans to spend the rest of the year building up his fitness and strength, as well as working on areas of his game he felt needed to be improved.
“I want to play professional tennis for many years to come,” he added in a message on his Facebook page.
The Serbian will no doubt be missed on the big stage as he is set to miss the US Open, which starts at Flushing Meadows on 28 August, and where he was champion in 2011 and 2015.
His absence from Flushing Meadows ends a run of 51 consecutive appearances at Grand Slams.
“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,” said Djokovic.
“A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I’ll do whatever it takes to recover.
“My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when playing forehand as well.
“My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far.
“At the beginning of my career I was facing health issues, but over the years, and with a lot of patience and dedication, I found a solution.