Novak Djokovic will be ready to compete sooner than expected after meniscus tear

Novak Djokovic will compete at 2024 Paris Olympics for Serbia after meniscus tear in knee

On Tuesday, the Serbian Olympic Committee made the announcement that Djokovic, who has won 24 Grand Slam singles titles, will be representing Serbia at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. This will be Djokovic’s fifth appearance at the Olympics.

On Tuesday, the Serbian Olympic Committee posted a message on X stating that “Team Serbia for #Paris2024 went on to acquire new representatives.” According to the ATP ranking, tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Dusìan LajovicÁ have successfully satisfied the conditions, and they have validated their performance at the Olympic Games.” ”

The prospect of Djokovic’s participation in the Olympics was uncertain when he withdrew from the quarterfinals of the French Open earlier this month due to a damaged meniscus in his right knee. After undergoing surgery, it seems like Djokovic is on the right track to make his return to Roland-Garros, the clay court venue that is the home of the French Open, for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Novak Djokovic returns a shot during his match against Francisco Cerundolo on Day 9 at Roland Garros.

Djokovic, 37, suffered the knee injury during his Round of 16 match against Francisco Cerundolo at the 2024 French Open, but he still managed to win in five-sets. Despite moving on to the French Open quarterfinals, Djokovic made the “tough decision” to withdraw from the tournament.

“In the past day, I had to make some tough decisions after sustaining a meniscus tear during my last match,” he captioned a photo of him using crutches, alongside his team. “I’m still processing it all but I am happy to update you that the surgery went well… I’m going to do my best to be healthy and fit to return to the court as soon as possible. My love for this sport is strong and the desire to compete at the highest level is what keeps me going.”

It’s not clear if Djokovic will be able to compete at Wimbledon, which he last won in 2022. The first round of Wimbledon begins on July 1.

Djokovic is looking for the elusive Olympic gold medal. He won a bronze medal in his Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008, but lost bronze-medal matches in London in 2012 and Tokyo in 2021.

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