12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic was playing an already handicapped hand in a quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych when a trailing injury in his elbow finally gave way. As a result, he will be ending his participation in the 2017 season in order to recover. So he will not be expected to show at the upcoming US Open and ATP World Tour finals either.
Djokovic revealed that the injury to his elbow had been steadily ailing him for over a year and a half until it finally gave way under the stresses of the Wimbledon tournament. It will be the end of the continuous run of 51 Grand Slam appearances by Djokovic.
It will take a reported 5 or so months before we can expect to see Djokovic playing tennis again. Meanwhile he and wife, Jelena are also preparing to welcome their second child. “These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight,” Djokovic said, “I’m confident I will be ready for start of the new season.”
Djokovic has confirmed that Andre Agassi will remain his coach when he makes a comeback and thereafter. The two first started working together in preparation for the French Open last May.
Speaking of Andre, Djokovic said, “He supports my decision to take a break, and remains my head coach. He is going to help me get back into shape and bounce back strong after the recovery period.”
The long break Djokovic will be taking from the professional arena is likely to cause great speculation and anticipation about his return.