Novak Djokovic: The 30-year-old retired due to injury in the Wimbledon quarter-final
Novak Djokovic has announced he will not play for the rest of the 2017 season because of an elbow injury.
It means the 30-year-old will miss the final grand slam of the year, the US Open, an event he has won twice.
World number four Djokovic was forced to retire midway through his Wimbledon quarter-final with Tomas Berdych earlier this month because of the problem.
After the match, Djokovic said he had been feeling pain in his right elbow for over a year and half and the 12-time major champion had now decided to take the rest of the year off.
“I have made the decision to not play any tournaments for the rest of the 2017 season,” Djokovic said.
“Unfortunately this is the decision that had to be made at this moment. Wimbledon was the toughest tournament for me in terms of feeling the pain that has escalated.
“I have consulted many of the doctors and specialists and various people from both ends of the medicine [profession] in the last 12 to 15 months, and especially the last couple of months when I felt the injury was getting worse.
“They all agree I need rest, I need time. This is one of those injuries where nothing can really help instantly. You have to allow natural rehabilitation to take its course.”
Missing the US Open next month will end Djokovic’s run of 51 consecutive grand slam appearances but the Serb has been well below his best in the past year.
After winning four consecutive major tournaments, Djokovic has now gone past the quarter-finals only once in his last five.
He began working with eight-time grand slam champion Andre Agassi at the French Open in May and has confirmed the American will stay on his coaching team when he returns in 2018.
“I am looking forward to be honest to building my body, my game and my team as well. I am happy to share that Andre Agassi is committed to staying with me next year,” Djokovic said.
“I want to thank Andre for being with me this year and obviously sharing his experience and wisdom. I am looking forward to getting back on the practice courts with him and having him in the box in the big tournaments.”