Injured Djokovic likely to miss US Open

Arnold Nichols
July 25, 2017

He was forced to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych.

World No 1 Andy Murray has stepped up his rehabilitation from a problematic hip injury, boosting his chances of being fit for the US Open next month.

The U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar, is held from August 28 to September 10 in NY.

Now, Tennis Federation of Serbia's doctor, Zdeslav Milinkovic has said that Djokovic will announce his break from tennis soon.

According to the Serbian daily Sportski Zurnal, Djokovic will need six to twelve weeks of rest.

'In the next examination, we're going to know whether this assessment stays or it will be changed.

The Serb has been instructed not to train with a racquet in his hand during the rest periods but will still be partaking in his fitness programs and therapy lessons.

Milinkovic told Serb media: "The most important thing is that Novak is at the moment calm and recovering successfully".

"Novak is in Toronto undergoing some further tests with specialists", the Herald Sun quoted him as saying. "Surgery is the last option".

This, for Djokovic, has been a recurring injury for over 18 months and is one of the reasons for his downfall since capturing the French Open title a year ago.

The 30-year-old also posted a photo last week of himself and his physio Shane Annun during a rehab session at a swimming pool. He has already slipped to world No 4 and has the Canadian Open title and US Open final points to defend.

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