Novak Djokovic is set to miss the US Open after one of his doctors indicated he will need six to 12 weeks to recover from an elbow injury. But Andy Murray’s chances of playing at Flushing Meadows would appear more positive, with the Scot continuing his rehabilitation from a hip problem.
The last grand slam of the year starts in just under five weeks on 28 August, meaning Djokovic will run out of time if the latest assessment is correct.
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The 12-times major champion was forced to retire injured during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych and said after the match he had been feeling pain in his right elbow for more than a year and a half.
He has since been seeking advice from specialists, including the Serbian doctor Zdenko Milinkovic, who said Djokovic is suffering from a “bruised bone due to excessive playing”.
“Nole must rest for six to 12 weeks,” Milinkovic told Sportski Zurnal, a sports newspaper in Serbia. “The next examination will know whether this assessment stays or changes. During this period, he will not train with a racket but he will run other sessions, such as fitness and the like. Of course, there will be certain therapies.
“The symptoms have calmed down, he was with a specialist at Toronto for additional tests. He also consulted our experts, of course, because we are great friends.
“Now it’s important to rest with different types of procedures that can affect recovery. Surgery remains the last option.”