Update on Novak Djokovic's knee injury

Novak Djokovic is ready for the 2024 Wimbledon Championships

by Simone Brugnoli
Update on Novak Djokovic's knee injury
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Novak Djokovic made a quick recovery from his right knee meniscus surgery and was regularly on the starting grid at Wimbledon, the third Slam of the season. The Serbian champion stressed at a press conference that he did not want to give up the London appointment and in the end managed to get what he worked for from the first day of rehabilitation: get back on track and find an acceptable condition to face a hard tournament at the best of the five sets as the Major competition scheduled in the UK.

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

Nole, second seed, will have to defend the final won last year. But this was not, of course, the main theme of the press conference: journalists focused on the 37-year-old Roland Garros injury.

Novak Djokovic made a quick recovery

Novak Djokovic is ready for Wimbledon: "When it happened, I made the very quick decision to undergo surgery. I had many doubts about the possibility of getting to Wimbledon. After long conversations with some athletes who have experienced similar experiences, (he quoted Taylor Fritz, who after 21 days played just the first round in London, Stan Wawrinka and Lindsey Vonn), I gained confidence and optimism that, If rehabilitation had gone well and if the knee responded correctly, there would be chances to play," he said.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

"It was a very good week of training. I did intense sessions, training with Sinner, Tiafoe, Medvedev, Ruusuvuori and today also Rune. The knee responded well to everything, which is a good sign for my participation in the tournament.

This convinced me to stay in the main draw. I have a couple more days, I’ll play on Tuesday. I am confident, my overall physical condition is very good," he explained.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion should have a smooth draw in the first week, which will allow him not to waste energy. The former world number 1 has won Wimbledon seven times and hopes to match Roger Federer’s record.

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