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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jul262017

Elbow Injury Shuts Down Djokovic For ’17, Will Miss First Grand Slam In 13 Years

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2017: Citing the advice of doctors who confirmed what he already believed, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic has decided to withdraw from all tennis tournaments for the remainder of 2017.

The decision would give him time to recover from an injury to his right elbow, which Djokovic said had been bothering him for about 18 months and caused him to retire during this quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych on July 12 during The Championship at Wimbledon.

The move would see Djokovic miss the U.S. Open in New York in late August, marking an end to his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, dating back to 2004.

"All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable,” Djokovic said during a media conference held in his native Belgrade today.

"I’ll do whatever it takes to recover. I will use the upcoming period to strengthen my body and also to improve certain tennis elements that I have not been able to work on over the past years, due to a demanding schedule," he said.

He also shared the news with his 7 million-plus followers on Facebook and his nearly 7.8 million followers on Twitter.

Djokovic said that he was aiming to return to the pro tour in early 2018, playing in events prior to the Australian Open in mid-January.

He said he would continue to work with with his current team, including head coach Andre Agassi.

"He is going to help me get back into shape and bounce back strong after the recovery period," said Djokovic

Djokovic is among the Top 20 highest paid athletes in the world, having earned more than $37 million over the past year, including an estimated $28 million from endorsements, according to Forbes.

His sponsors include Lacoste, adidas, Head, Seiko, Jacob’s Creek, Anz and Unicef.

"Five months may seem long from this point, but I’m sure they will pass quickly because there is so much I want to do," said Djokovic. "Another important moment is coming . . . My wife Jelena and I are expecting our second child, and we are preparing to welcome a new family member.

"These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight. I’m confident I will be ready for start of the new season," he said.

Serena Williams is also off the pro circuit for the remainder of the year as she awaits the birth of her first child, with the due date expected while the U.S. Open is in progress (Aug. 28-Sept. 10).

Roger Federer took time off this year for R&R, turning that strategy into Grand Slams wins in the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Djokovic’s 12 Grand Slams wins include two U.S. Opens (2011, 2015), as well as six Australian Opens, three wins at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2016.

Currently ranked No. 4, Djokovic was No. 1 in the world and at the top of his game when he won six of a possible eight Grand Slam titles between Wimbledon in 2014 and the French Open in 2016.

“My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when playing forehand as well.,” said Djokovic. “Unfortunately, such injuries are often encountered in a professional sport, and I am very proud of the fact that I have been free from serious injuries during all these years.

"I think I haven’t missed a single major event for more than ten years, I’ve been reaching the final stages of the tournaments and playing at the highest level. The remarkable series has come to an end. My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far."

According to Djokovic, "At the beginning of my career I was facing health issues, but during (those) years, and with a lot of patience and dedication, I found a solution. That’s the approach I take to this situation, and I firmly believe that I will come back stronger."

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