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Novak Djokovic undergoes knee surgery after French Open 2024 withdrawal

Published at :June 6, 2024 at 3:43 PM
Modified at :June 6, 2024 at 3:43 PM
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(Courtesy : X/@rolandgarros and @DjokerNole)

Shashank Tripathi

Novak Djokovic is expected to miss the 2024 Wimbledon Championships.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has provided an update about his injury after pulling out of French Open 2024. The Serb also thanked his fans for their constant support during this difficult time.

On Tuesday, Novak Djokovic announced his withdrawal from the 2024 French Open ahead of his quarter-final fixture against two-time Roland Garros runner-up Casper Ruud. Due to the withdrawal, the 24-time Grand Slam champion also lost the top spot in the ATP rankings to Jannik Sinner.

In an earlier press conference, Novak Djokovic revealed that he had been suffering from a minor knee problem. He also stated that the issue flared when he slipped in the second set of his fourth-round match against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.

It was later revealed that Djokovic would undergo an immediate surgical procedure for his right knee in Paris. Due to the surgery, he will miss at least three weeks of action and, probably, the Wimbledon Championships. However, the Serb is expected to make his return for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Thus, after a day full of speculations and reports, Djokovic took to X (formerly Twitter) to give a heads-up to the tennis world. The Serb stated that he had to make tough decisions in the past day but he’s content that his surgery was successful.

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…”

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Djokovic also thanks his fans for their support. He further added, “… as well as the overwhelming support I have received from my fans. I’m going to do my best to be healthy and fit to return to the court as soon as possible. My love for this sport is strong and the desire to compete at the highest level is what keeps me going. Idemooo.”

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas also commented on the post, wishing the Serb a speedy recovery.

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