Novak Djokovic's pivotal challenge: successful injury rehabilitation, says Casey Dellacqua

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Monday, 10 June 2024 at 16:15
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Former Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua believes that the most important thing for Serbia’s legendary tennis star Novak Djokovic is to rehab from the injury correctly.
The 36-year-old is often regarded as the greatest player in the history of men’s tennis in the Open era, having won as many as 24 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic is having a difficult 2024 season. He has not played in the final of any event. That streak continued when he had to withdraw from the French Open because of a knee injury just before the start of the quarterfinal.
After the injury, Djokovic had to undergo surgery, which has also prevented his participation in the upcoming Wimbledon and Olympics.
Dellacqua was quoted in a report stating that the former world number one's most important thing is to have a proper diagnosis of his injury, which can lead to proper rehabilitation. She also suggested that in her opinion, the current world number two is not that keen to take part in Olympics.
“I think for someone like Novak Djokovic, if he can get back on the grass and set up some practice matches,” she said. “But I think the main thing that Novak's worrying about, is the fact that he needs to get this injury right. And I would suspect he's very, very keen for the Olympic Games, for that gold medal opportunity. Wish him the best with recovery and we'll wait to see if we see him at Wimbledon.”
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Novak Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the French Open because of a knee injury.
If Djokovic fails to play at Wimbledon, it will open an opportunity for Djokovic to finish the year without winning a major event. There have been only six seasons where the Belgrade-born star has failed to lift a Grand Slam in his career.
The most recent of such instances came in 2017 when he failed to win a single major title. That year, he was knocked out of the Australian Open after losing in the second round, then lost in the quarterfinal of the French Open, came second-best in the quarterfinal at Wimbledon and could not take part in the US Open.

In the past day, I had to make some tough decisions after sustaining a meniscus tear during my last match. I’m still processing it all but I am happy to update you that the surgery went well. I am so appreciative of the team of doctors who have been by my side…

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