Novak Djokovic undergoes knee surgery and aims to return “as soon as possible” after French Open withdrawal | tennis news

Novak Djokovic has undergone surgery on his right knee, he confirmed on Thursday, adding that his goal is to return to the court “as soon as possible.”

The injury, suffered in his fourth-round victory over Francisco Cerundolo, ended the Serbian’s quest for a record 25 Grand Slam wins and means he will lose his world number one ranking to Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Monday.

The French Open said MRI results revealed that Djokovic, who continued to play on painkillers, had suffered a medial meniscus tear that led to his decision to retire.

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Novak Djokovic injured his right knee during his fourth round match against Francisco Cerundolo

“Last day I had to make some difficult decisions after suffering a meniscus tear during my last match,” Djokovic said in a post on Instagram.

“I’m still processing it all, but I’m happy to report that the surgery went well.

“I am very grateful for the team of doctors who have been by my side, as well as the overwhelming support I have received from my fans.

“I will do everything I can 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.”

Serbia's Novak Djokovic receives medical assistance for his right knee during his French Open tennis fourth-round match against Argentine Francisco Cerundolo at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 3, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean- Francois Badias)
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Novak Djokovic received medical treatment for his injury midway through his fourth-round match

Wimbledon, which Djokovic has won seven times, runs from July 1 to 14, while the Paris Olympics tennis tournament is scheduled for July 27 to August 4.

It is unclear exactly how long his recovery will take and when he will be able to play again. Recovery time after torn meniscus surgery is estimated to be between three and six weeks.

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