Novak Djokovic has given an update on his injury and revealed what his future plans are for the rest of the year.
The current world number one, who had to retire from his fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka because of left shoulder trouble has said he is recovering nicely with his family. More importantly, Djokovic has revealed he is looking to make a comeback to the tour during the Asian swing.
“I’m having a wonderful time with my family and actively working on my recovery so I can be ready for the Asian swing. My health is always top priority and as soon as I’m ready, I’ll be back.”
Sorry for keeping you guys in the dark these days. I‘m having a wonderful time with my family and actively working on my recovery so I can be ready for the Asian swing. My health is always top priority and as soon as I’m ready, I’ll be back.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 12, 2019
The top seed at the 2019 US Open had gone into the tournament as the defending champion and on the back of two Grand Slam titles in the year but suffered from his shoulder issues from the very start.
He won his first three rounds in straight sets but problems continued to mount throughout the tournament and when he fell behind by two sets to Wawrinka in the fourth round, he had to call it a day.
With Djokovic scheduled to appear at the Japan Open later this month it remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to resume his season at that stage.
There were rumours of a shoulder surgery doing rounds but that wasn’t confirmed by Djokovic in his post either. He thanked his fans for their wishes and said he would keep them posted for more in the future.
By winning the US Open, Rafael Nadal has worked his way to within 660 points of Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings. With Nadal having had missed the remaining season following the US Open last year, he has no points left to defend while Djokovic has a few, which means unless the Serb comes back to the circuit quickly enough, he could be pipped down to the second spot by the Spaniard.