World number four Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the 2017 season with a right elbow injury, he announced in a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday.
“My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when hitting my forehand as well,” said Djokovic of the elbow injury that forced him to retire in his Wimbledon quarterfinal matchup against Tomas Berdych. “Unfortunately, such injuries are often encountered in a professional sport, and I am very proud of the fact that I have been free from serious injuries during all these years.
All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I’ll do whatever it takes to recover. I will use the upcoming period to strengthen my body and also to improve certain tennis elements that I have not been able to work on over the past years, due to a demanding schedule. Five months may seem long from this point, but I’m sure they will pass quickly because there is so much I want to do.”
Djokovic went on to discuss how he and his wife, Jelena, are expecting their second child.
“We are preparing to welcome a new family member,” he said. “These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight.”
The 12-time Grand Slam champion said he expects to be ready for the first week of 2018. He finishes 2017 with a 32-8 record and two ATP World Tour titles.