Novak Djokovic is set to miss the US Open due to an elbow injury. This was revealed by Serbian doctor, Zdenko Milinković, who examined the 2015 champion.
According to Dr Milinković during an interview with Serbian newspaper Sportski Zurnal, Djokovic is “99% likely” to miss the US Open and is required to rest for a period of 6-12 weeks in order to fully recover from his injury.
It was revealed that the 12-time grand slam champion was in Toronto for further expert examination on his elbow, which is understood to have worsened due to ‘excessive playing’.
“He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing. He did not have enough of a pause, Novak clenched his teeth and continued playing despite a serious injury. It was always a big concern for me as his friend.” Said Milinkovic.
Djokovic retired against Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals at Wimbledon citing injury, he also won a title in Eastbourne a week Championships.
“At a certain stage of your career, you’re going to experience this kind of things.” He said earlier this month.”
“Professional tennis has gotten very physical in the last couple of years. It’s not easy to play at the highest level throughout the entire season then be able to do that over and over again every season, and then stay healthy.”
“At the end of the day, we’re all humans.” – concluded Dr Milinković
A press conference is speculated to be called by Djokovic in Belgrade this week, to confirm his decision and a possible cancellation of his schedule for the rest of the year.
The 30-year-old has a total of 3740 points to defend in the second half of the season and will suffer a landslide fall on the ranking if he misses out on the US Open and the World Tour Finals.