Novak Djokovic likely to miss US Open and could finish the year without a grand slam for the first time since 2010

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 12:38pm

Former world number one Novak Djokovic is in doubt for next month’s US Open due to his elbow injury, Serbian media reported, citing the country’s Davis Cup team doctor.

Djokovic retired hurt during the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and said he was considering taking a break from playing to recover from the long-standing injury to his right elbow.

Serbia’s Sportski Zurnal reported that the 30-year-old could face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.

“He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing,” it quoted Zdenko Milinkovic as saying. “Novak is in Toronto undergoing some further tests with specialists.”

The 12-time grand slam champion won the US Open in 2011 and 2015.

Djokovic has experienced a below-par 2017 by his lofty standards, falling to unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open before failing to progress past the quarter-finals at the French Open.

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Should the world number four fail to recover in time for the US Open, it will ensure the Serb will end the year without a grand slam title for the first time since 2010.