Djokovic Resumes Wimbledon Practice, Encouraged by Recovery Progress

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Novak Djokovic has returned to practice at Wimbledon, expressing optimism about his recovery following minor knee surgery.

 

Novak Djokovic is feeling encouraged by his recovery progress after undergoing minor knee surgery less than three weeks ago. The seven-time Wimbledon champion emphasized that he will only compete in next month’s grass-court Grand Slam if he believes he can contend for the title.

The 37-year-old Serbian superstar underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee earlier this month. This injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open during his fourth-round match. The procedure initially cast doubt over his availability for both Wimbledon and the 2024 Summer Olympics. However, the Olympic Committee of Serbia confirmed last week that Djokovic will compete in Paris.

In an effort to assure fans of his recovery, Djokovic posted videos of his return to training on Instagram last week. He further demonstrated his commitment by arriving at the All England Club on Sunday and immediately ramping up his preparations.

As Djokovic intensifies his training, tennis enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await his potential return to Wimbledon. His participation would significantly enhance the tournament, adding another layer of excitement as he aims to extend his illustrious career with another Grand Slam victory.

“I didn’t come here to play a few rounds,” Djokovic told the BBC after practicing Monday. “If I know I can play close to my maximum or at maximum, then I’ll play. If not, then I’ll give somebody else a chance to play.

“Rehab is going in the right direction every single day, a few percent better and better. That’s what’s giving me hope and encouragement to keep going. I’m taking things gradually. I’m not pushing myself yet 100%, but I’m hoping that’s going to come in the next few days.”

The world No. 2 is looking to end his title drought in 2024 after winning three of the four Grand Slams last year, as he hunts for a record-extending 25th major trophy.

His only defeat in the Grand Slams in 2023 came at Wimbledon, where he was beaten in five sets by Carlos Alcaraz in the final.

Wimbledon runs from July 1-14.

 

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