Novak Djokovic says he will have to “reassess” his elbow injury following his fourth-round exit at the Australian Open.
“Yeah, it’s not great,” the Serb told press, adding that he began having increasing pain following the first set and was affected by it for the rest of the match.
Djokovic, who fell to Hyeon Chung in straight sets, called the trainer for elbow problems following the first set and reacted visibly when lunging for a shot during the second set.
“I felt the level of pain was, you know, not that high that I need to stop the match, even though it was obviously compromising my serve. That, of course, is a big shot, especially against Chung, who returns well, gets a lot of balls back,” the world No. 14 said.
He had also called the trainer for a hip problem during his third-round win, but had described it as “nothing major” and did not get any attention from the trainer for that area during his fourth-round encounter.
“Apart from the arm, it was fine,” he said of his first event back.
But Djokovic acknowledged that he was concerned that the elbow was still a problem following a six-month break to rest the injury.
“It’s frustrating, of course, when you have that much time and you don’t heal properly,” he said. “Now I don’t know. I have to reassess everything with my team, medical team, coaches and everybody, scan it. [During this tournament] I played a lot of tennis. Let’s see what’s happening inside.”
Perhaps I could be looking at a longer break again, I don‘t know, I have to take an X-ray, consult with specialists. #AusOpen
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The former world No. 1 was quoted as saying that he could have to take another break from the game by Serbian press. While surgery had not been initially recommended, he added, he would now have to again consult specialists.
Djokovic did not specify when he might return to competition.
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