Saturday, February 3, 2018

Djokovic undergoes elbow surgery

Djokovic undergoes elbow surgery

Novak Djokovic has undergone an elbow operation in an attempt to cure an injury that has troubled him for the past two years.

Nole said he had agreed to surgery after the 2018 Australian Open when he was treated on court in losing to Chung Hyeon in the last 16.

"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," he posted on Instagram.

He had hoped the extended break he took last year might solve the problem but said he decided on more drastic action after still experiencing pain in Melbourne.

"I've been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I've been seeing many doctors," said Djokovic, who before last month had not competed since losing at Wimbledon last year.

"I took six months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain," he said.

"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."

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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Serbia's former Davis Cup coach Bogdan Obradovic predicted Djokovic would make a full recovery.

"I am convinced that Djokovic can return stronger, he has overcome many problems in his career," said Obradovic. "He has made all the right moves - he took a break in an effort to avoid surgery, played at the Australian Open and when it didn't work, having the surgery was the only option.He is still hungry for success and what he needs to do now is be patient," he added.