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Could Novak Djokovic miss 2024 Wimbledon Championships?

Published at :June 5, 2024 at 6:57 PM
Modified at :June 5, 2024 at 6:57 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Jannik Sinner has overtaken Novak Djokovic as the new ATP World No. 1.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic announced his withdrawal from the 2024 French Open on Tuesday, June 4, due to a knee injury.

Djokovic faced Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in the fourth round at Roland-Garros on Monday, where he slipped during the second set. The Serb seemed in pain, as he also complained to the chair umpire about the surface.

The fixture lasted four hours and 39 minutes and it was Novak Djokovic’s second five-set match in only three days. He also played a five-set marathon against Lorenzo Musetti in the third round at the 2024 French Open, which lasted for four hours and 30 minutes. Additionally, the match ended at 03:09 AM in Paris.

The schedule of events was delayed due to unexpected rain and other factors in Paris. After winning against Francisco Cerundolo, the 37-year-old revealed that he had suffered a minor knee injury in the last few weeks. Moreover, the injury issue flared when he slipped during his fourth round match against Cerundolo.

He wrote on Instagram, “I am really sad to announce that I have to withdraw from Roland-Garros. I played with my heart and gave my all in yesterday’s match and unfortunately, due to a medial meniscus tear in my right knee, my team and I had to make a tough decision after careful consideration and consultation.”

Djokovic further added, “I wish the best of luck to the players competing this week and sincerely thank the incredible fans for all of the love and continued support. See you soon. With love and gratitude, Nole.”

Also Read: Novak Djokovic withdraws from French Open 2024 due to knee injury

The Serbian tennis star has suffered from a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. As per a recent report by French outlet L’EQUIPE, Novak Djokovic is set to undergo knee surgery on Wednesday in Paris. Due to the surgical procedure, he’s expected to miss at least three weeks of action.

With that being said, the Serbian tennis star is likely to miss the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, scheduled from July 1 to 14.

In one of his interviews, the Serb revealed that he’s keen to participate at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Thus, the 24-time Grand Slam champion could miss the grass court major to play at the Olympics. Djokovic has the ultimate motivation to participate in the sporting megafest, as he has failed to win an Olympic gold.

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