Ex-Slam finalist pours cold water on Novak Djokovic Wimbledon participation talk

Greg Rusedski says he will be 'surprised' if Djokovic actually decides to play Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-Slam finalist pours cold water on Novak Djokovic Wimbledon participation talk
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Greg Rusedski isn't fully sold on the idea of Novak Djokovic really pushing hard to compete at Wimbledon as the 1997 US Open runner-up thinks the Serb may have come to The Championships only to get some good practice and see where he is really at the moment. 

At the start of this week, Djokovic made all the headlines when he held a practice session at Wimbledon just 18 days after having knee meniscus surgery. And although the record 24-time Grand Slam champion had his left knee heavily bandaged, he looked well on the practice court and it went without the Serb experiencing any major setbacks.

Previously, the BBC broke the news over the weekend that Djokovic was planning to arrive to The All England Club on Monday and see if playing Wimbledon was possible. 

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"I will be very surprised if Novak plays Wimbledon. Great to see him on the court practising, but feel this is more of seeing where he is at and getting good preparation until he is 100%," Rusedski wrote on X.

What Djokovic said after his first Wimbledon practice?

After his opening practice on the grass courts of Wimbledon, Djokovic made one thing perfectly clear - he would make the call to compete at Wimbledon only if he felt he was able to go all the way. 

"I didn’t come here to play a few rounds," Djokovic told BBC Sport after Monday's practice session.

"If I know I can play close to my maximum or at maximum, then I'll play. If not, then I'll give somebody else a chance to play."

Also, Djokovic revealed that his knee is showing progress every day. 

"Rehab is going in the right direction every single day, a few percent better and better. That's what's giving me hope and encouragement to keep going," Djokovic shared.

"I'm taking things gradually. I'm not pushing myself yet 100% but I'm hoping that's going to come in the next few days."

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