Tennis: Returning Djokovic still managing elbow injury

Jan Thirteen (Reuters) – Former world number one Novak Djokovic admits his elbow is just not yet 100 Percent as the Serb prepares to come from six months out at the Australian Open.

The six-instances champion, who last performed competitively at Wimbledon in July, says he’s nonetheless managing the harm, which has caused him to abbreviate his provider motion.

“It hasn’t been 100 Percent but healed,” Djokovic instructed journalists at Melbourne Park on Saturday. “But at the moment it’s at the stage the place I Can compete, and daily is getting higher.”

Djokovic mentioned he had been yes through medical doctors that he would not be doing the injury any further damage by means of playing in Melbourne.

“I‘m hoping that it can be 100% in the beginning of the match. I don’t know the way it’s going to behave. Although it’s One Hundred Pc healed, after six months of no competitors, you by no means know how you’re going to react,” the 30-yr-previous introduced.

“So let’s see. There’s not far more I Will Be Able To do. I’ve done in point of fact the whole thing in my energy, with a workforce of people round me, to enable me to be proper here in front of you guys, and to compete in Australian Open.”

Djokovic mentioned the injury had been bothering him for about 18 months prior to the pain, which he felt on his serve, was an excessive amount of.

Tennis – Australian Open – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2018. Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Roger Federer of Switzerland capture balls hit with the aid of Milos Raonic of Canada all over Children Tennis Day sooner than the Australian Open tennis event. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The Serb confirmed the injury had no longer wanted surgery However would no longer answer a question as as to if he required a ache-killing injection to play.

Djokovic tested out his elbow, and his new serve, in an exhibition suit previous this week, beating Austria’s Dominic Thiem, in straight sets.

Tennis – Australian Open – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January Thirteen, 2018. Novak Djokovic of Serbia catches balls hit by Milos Raonic of Canada all over Kids Tennis Day sooner than the Australian Open tennis event. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

”I‘m comfortable with the new provider movement,“ he said. ”I don’t wish to say ‘new serve’, But new carrier motion.

“I Feel like I spend less energy But I‘m extra environment friendly. I‘m truly taking a look forward to trying out my new serve right here.”

Seeded 14th having dropped down the rankings all through his damage hiatus, Djokovic mentioned he was confident he may still compete.

“I still recognize what I‘m able to and that i consider in my own talents to win against the most effective gamers on the earth,” he stated.

“I Do Know that if I get myself to preferred stage of efficiency — mental and bodily — that I Will if truth be told have an excellent chance to head some distance within the event.”

Reporting via Simon Cambers; Enhancing through John O’Brien

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