'Novak Djokovic doesn’t have to be in a hurry', says former ace

Novak Djokovic returned home to begin the next stage of his recovery

by Simone Brugnoli
'Novak Djokovic doesn’t have to be in a hurry', says former ace
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It hasn't even been two weeks since Novak Djokovic underwent arthroscopy to repair the medial meniscus injury in his right knee, but the 24-time Grand Slam champion is back at work.

Novak Djokovic
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The Belgrade native suffered the injury that forced him to retire in the Roland Garros quarterfinals against Casper Ruud, two days after that match against Francisco Cerúndolo.

The champion of 24 Grand Slams was operated in Paris and it is estimated that he could return to compete in three or four weeks, so he would not be at Wimbledon and would prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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Novak Djokovic shared a video on social media in which he is already working with great mobility and freedom in the gym, doing toning and elasticity work in a very good mood, a post he has titled “progress”.

The winner of 98 professional titles was unable to defend his crown at Roland Garros, while at Wimbledon he would have to defend the 1,200 points he achieved in last year's final.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024
Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

In a long interview with Relevo, Nicolas Almagro talked about Nole: “I think the difference is that I broke it and that he has a tear, but even so he has to be very careful because it seems like a simple injury but it is not.

Djokovic has to have a piece of meniscus removed during the arthroscopy, then everything has to fit well and then you have to strengthen all the muscles of the knee.

I think he won’t be at Wimbledon and we’ll see how he fares for the Games if he does [play]. He doesn’t have to be in a hurry because although it seems like an easy injury, it’s not."

Two days after the match against the South American tennis player, the current world number 3 decided that the quickest thing to do was to undergo surgery to try to return as soon as possible, a recovery that would take between three and four weeks and that puts his participation in Wimbledon and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games at risk.

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