Djokovic Gives Verdict On Wimbledon Participation After Last Practice

Djokovic Gives Verdict On Wimbledon Participation After Last Practice

by Nurein Ahmed

A fit-again Novak Djokovic delivered an upbeat message to a group of reporters after his latest practice session on Thursday, suggesting he is optimistic about playing at Wimbledon.

Djokovic's participation in the third Grand Slam of 2024 has become the subject of speculation recently, and he shied away from giving a conclusive answer when asked about it.

The Serbian star has not played since beating Francisco Cerudnolo in five sets in the fourth round of Roland Garros. The next day, he withdrew from the tournament because of a torn meniscus on his right knee and underwent surgery in Paris.

Djokovic has since recovered from the injury in record time. Within a week of surgery, he abandoned crutches and took to the practice courts this past week, where he had his first hit in Montenegro.

Initially, it was feared that the former World No. 1 might miss Wimbledon, and several onlookers felt he would prioritize the Olympics. Understandably, given the short window, that explanation made sense.

With Djokovic only recently turning 37, this is possibly his last realistic chance of competing and contending for a gold medal at the Olympic Games, which begin on July 27th.

But the tune has changed now that he has made incredible progress in his recovery, and his schedule could potentially accommodate one additional tournament next month.

Djokovic traveled to London this past week, and he's not wasted any time putting the hard yards on the practice courts at the All England Club, where he is a seven-time champion.

Carole Bouchard tweeted that Djokovic is bullish about his chances of playing at Wimbledon, with the draw ceremony set for Friday, June 28th. Having replaced Carlos Alcaraz as World No. 2, he will be the second seed at this year's Championships.

The French journalist stated that Djokovic was "feeling good" when he was quizzed about his knee. He was looking forward to meeting the reporters during his pre-tournament press conference and gestured with his thumb up on his involvement in the draw.


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