Djokovic father says his son might not return to competition until 2019

Novak Djokovic’s father, Marko, told a Serbian newspaper that he believed his son would likely miss the 2018 Australian Open. “Novak no longer has the body to compete at the Australian Open,” he told…

Djokovic father says his son might not return to competition until 2019

Novak Djokovic’s father, Marko, told a Serbian newspaper that he believed his son would likely miss the 2018 Australian Open.

“Novak no longer has the body to compete at the Australian Open,” he told Vecernje Novosti. “He could still compete in Paris, but will most likely skip the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia.”

Novak Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker reportedly told a Serbian publication that he also believed that the Serb would miss the January event. “I can only assume, but I could imagine that Novak might give up the Australian Open,” he said. “He would have to take quite a lot of rest.”

The medical exemption is reportedly the result of complications Djokovic has faced in the wake of a surgery he underwent last October, which repaired an injured elbow.

“The inflammation has been under control for the last four or five weeks,” explained Marko. “Novak feels fine. But the tendinitis in his elbow is just starting to flare up again, and so right now he is in a holding position and fighting the inflammation.”

Marko also told the newspaper that the player has to “take the final decision” regarding whether he will return to competition. He added that the Serb would rest through the U.S. Open and was unlikely to return before the Cincinnati Open, in September.

“Novak feels he has nothing to prove,” said his father. “He has done all he could do in tennis.”

Read the full story at BBC.

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