Novak Djokovic undergoes 'small medical intervention' for lingering right elbow injury

Djokovic admitted that he had been deluged with conflicting medical advice but opted for the procedure after rest and recuperation failed to cure his elbow injury.

AFP February 03, 2018 10:35:33 IST
Novak Djokovic undergoes 'small medical intervention' for lingering right elbow injury

Paris: Former world number one Novak Djokovic revealed Friday that he has undergone "a small medical intervention" in an attempt to cure his long-standing right elbow injury.

Novak Djokovic undergoes small medical intervention for lingering right elbow injury

File photo of Novak Djokovic serving during a practice session before the Australian Open. Reuters

The 12-time Grand Slam title winner admitted that he had been deluged with conflicting medical advice but opted for the procedure after rest and recuperation failed to solve the problem.

"Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions," the 30-year-old wrote on his official website, novakdjokovic.com.

"It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do. I took six months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain.

"I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try at the Australian Open. Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow."

Hey guys, I owe you some news about my recovery. I’ve been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I’ve been seeing many doctors. Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions... It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do. I took 6 months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain. I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try on AO. Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow. It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery. It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say. I’m learning a lot and for that I’m grateful. I’ve always taken care of my body and looked for the most natural ways to heal, and my body has rewarded me with some incredible years on tour. I am super positive and excited to follow my recovery through so I can come back to the place I love the most. The court. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for cheering me on!

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Djokovic, who was believed to have travelled to the Czech Republic for the surgery, was still bothered by his elbow problem as he crashed out in the fourth round of the Australian Open last month to South Korea's Hyeon Chung.

"It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery. It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say," added Djokovic, who did not reveal when he planned to return to the tour.

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