Serbian Olympic president says Novak Djokovic's uncle has denied knee surgery reports

Wednesday, 05 June 2024 at 16:13
Novak Djokovic was reported in French media this morning to have undergone knee surgery this afternoon on his meniscus tear and that having a period of rest, he was likely to miss Wimbledon. But this has been contradicted by the Serbian Olympic Committee President, Bozidar Maljkovic.
He said that he contacted Djokovic's uncle and that he has not had knee surgery. He contradicted the reports from L'Equipe that said that he was set to receive surgery from a Parisian doctor this afternoon and would have to rest three weeks. The proof will soon be in the pudding, but there has now been conflicting reports this time by about the current World No.1.
He damaged his knee further in taking down Francisco Cerundolo earlier this week. He took a medical time out but seemed to rally in the final set and took the win. But he admitted himself in the aftermath that he was potentially a doubt for the Quarter-Finals. He then withdrew on Tuesday afternoon. This allowed Casper Ruud to move through to the semi-finals albeit not played until Friday. He faces the winner of Alexander Zverev or Alex de Minaur.
It seems likely that Wimbledon will be a miss unless the words of the president are correct with his uncle seemingly saying otherwise compared to notable sources.
“My son reads the French press every day and the French wrote, in their very serious media outlets, that Novak Djokovic had surgery. We called his (Novak's) uncle, and we received information that Novak did not have surgery. I would not like to speculate further," said Maljkovic.
"In any case, kudos to Novak. To play such a match in such a condition. We would all like him to be with us and lead the Olympic team. He is a wonderful man who makes other athletes better. He showed that in Tokyo."

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