Djokovic Explains His Decision To Withdraw From 2024 Roland Garros

Djokovic Explains His Decision To Withdraw From 2024 Roland Garros

by Zachary Wimer

Novak Djokovic sustained a knee injury in his match against Francisco Cerundolo, which forced him to withdraw from the 2024 Roland Garros.

In a brief statement on social media, the Serbian explained his decision. However, even before the official announcement, Djokovic admitted that it was a possibility that he would withdraw from the tournament, which was shocking to hear but not that surprising for all those who actually watched the match.

It was pretty clear that adrenaline carried him to that win. However, the knee was far from fine. Therefore, it wasn't surprising that he withdrew from the tournament, and later, the 37-year-old posted an update on social media explaining why he withdrew.

It's not good news as he has a torn meniscus, which is not a minor injury and generally requires prolonged inactivity for it to heal.

"I am really sad to announce that I have to withdraw from Roland Garros. I played with my heart and gave my all in yesterday’s match and unfortunately, due to a medial meniscus tear in my right knee, my team and I had to make a tough decision after careful consideration and consultation."

Djokovic on his withdrawal

Meniscus tears can be tricky because some require surgical repair, which can take up to six months to recover from. Others don't require surgery, and those tend to heal within 4 to 6 weeks, which is a troublesome timeline regardless for Djokovic.

Wimbledon is not too far away, and it will be tricky for him to recover in time, though the hope is that he does. The event wouldn't be the same without Djokovic, but that applies also to the French Open. That's also why he wished the best of luck to all of the remaining players.

"I wish the best of luck to the players competing this week and sincerely thank the incredible fans for all of the love and continued support. See you soon. With love and gratitude, Nole."


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