Djokovic out competitively until 2018
NOVAK DJOKOVIC will NOT play competitive tennis again in 2017 due to an elbow injury.
The Serbian world No4, 30, was forced to retire injured in his quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon in July.
Following his retirement two weeks ago, he claimed he had been battling through the injury for 18 months.
Djokovic will now shut himself down until at least the end of the year, meaning he will miss the US Open and the season-ending ATP Finals.
The Serb ace and 12-time Grand Slam champion won the tournament at Flushing Meadows twice before, in 2011 and 2015.
Djok has slipped two places in the ATP world rankings to fourth after a difficult 12 months.
He was knocked out in just the second round of the Australian Open, before only managing to reach the last-eight at the French Open and SW19.
In fact, Djokovic has won only 32 of his 40 games this season, far below his recent career average.
Following his Wimbledon retirement, he suggested he would take a career break.
Djokovic said: “It’s the elbow that already keeps bothering for over a year and a half actually.
“It’s unfortunate that I had to finish Wimbledon this way. I mean, if someone feels bad about it, it’s me.
“But I tried. I tried what I could do from yesterday, you know, to get it in the condition where I’m able to play.
“I was able maybe for 30 minutes to play with some pain that was bearable, let’s call it that way. All the treatments and medications couldn’t really help.
“The serve and forehand were the shots where I could feel it the most. Just after that there was really no sense.
“I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”