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Carlos Alcaraz wishes Novak Djokovic speedy recovery amid French Open withdrawal and surgery

Published at :June 6, 2024 at 6:41 PM
Modified at :June 6, 2024 at 6:41 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Novak Djokovic is expected to return at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Carlos Alcaraz has wished Novak Djokovic a speedy recovery after the Serb underwent knee surgery on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Novak Djokovic announced his withdrawal from the 2024 French Open. The Serb played two five-set matches in three days. In the fourth round, he defeated Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in five sets, as their match lasted four hours and 39 minutes.

During the post-match press conference, he revealed that he had been suffering from a minor knee injury. The injury flared when he slipped during the second set against Cerundolo. Djokovic stated that he’s doubtful about his participation in the quarter-finals against Casper Ruud.

The next day, he announced that he wouldn’t further defend his French Open title. Afterwards, Jannik Sinner became the new World No. 1 and Casper Ruud advanced to the semi-finals, where he’ll face Alexander Zverev.

Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz was asked about Djokovic’s withdrawal from Roland-Garros. In response, he wished the 24-time Grand Slam champion a speedy recovery. Alcaraz said, “He always recovers quickly from injuries and comes back stronger than ever. I hope we can all enjoy his tennis as quickly as possible.”

Novak Djokovic recently took to social media and provided an update about his surgery. He wrote, “In the past day, I had to make some tough decisions after sustaining a meniscus tear during my last match. I’m still processing it all, but I am happy to update you that the surgery went well. I am so appreciative of the team of doctors who have been by my side…”

Also Read: Could Novak Djokovic miss 2024 Wimbledon Championships?

The Serb is expected to miss the 2024 Wimbledon; however, he’s keen to make his return at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz will face his arch-rival Jannik Sinner at the 2024 French Open semi-final on Friday, May 7.

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