'Novak Djokovic might sneak the Olympics', says former ATP ace

Djokovic’s collection of 24 Grand Slam titles is an all-time record

by Simone Brugnoli
'Novak Djokovic might sneak the Olympics', says former ATP ace
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A complicated present for 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, a player who has not been able to lift a trophy so far in the 2024 season and who has suffered an injury in the most anticipated part of the year for the Balkan player, who was especially focused on competing at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, where he is chasing the only major title missing from his trophy cabinet, a gold medal.

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In the round of 16 of the second Grand Slam of the season, Djokovic suffered an injury to the medial meniscus of his right knee that forced him to undergo surgery and will keep him out of the tennis courts for several weeks.

The Balkan has already returned to training in the gym, but there is little chance of seeing him compete at Wimbledon, which starts on July 1st, while for Paris 2024 the options increase since the event will be played from July 27th.

Novak Djokovic should not be ruled out of contention

During a long interview, former ATP star Greg Rusedski spoke about Novak Djokovic’s current status: “For him, if he won Olympic gold this year, he would have done everything he wanted this year and he’ll get ready for the majors next year.

Once he’s 100% fit – I’m pretty sure he won’t be at Wimbledon, but he might sneak the Olympics – though he won’t risk it if he’s not healthy. I think he’ll be back at the US Open with a bang, ready to go.”

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Former Italian player Paolo Bertolucci spoke about Djokovic's present and future in a long interview with Fanpage.it.

"The signs are not good at all, the level of play is not what it was a year or a year and a half ago. In other words, he is towards the end of his career and he can find the set, the points, the game, the moment of the phenomenon that he is.

But he cannot be the hammer he was years ago," revealed Bertolucci, who does not see the native of Belgrade participating in the French capital next month. "Now I suppose he will miss the Olympic Games and if they do not go well I think he will have to think about it carefully.”

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