World number 4, Novak Djokovic has announced that he’s out for the rest of 2017 Tennis season due to an elbow injury.
Djokovic retired from his Wimbledon’s quarter final match against Tomas Berdych earlier this month, and will now take the rest of the season out to recover from the long term elbow injury.
A statement on his official website read: “My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when playing forehand as well,”
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“Unfortunately, such injuries are often encountered in a professional sport, and I am very proud of the fact that I have been free from serious injuries during all these years. I think I haven’t missed a single major event for more than 10 years.”
“My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far.”
The 30-year-old Serbian made his Grand Slam debut at the 2005 Australian Open and have not missed a major since then, playing in 51 straight majors before this injury.
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— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) July 26, 2017
He continued: “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,”
“At the beginning of my career I was facing health issues, but during years, and with a lot of patience and dedication, I found a solution. That’s the approach I take to this situation, and I firmly believe that I will come back stronger.”