Djokovic to play Wimbledon but only if he feels he can challenge for the title


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Djokovic to play Wimbledon but only if he feels he can challenge for the title

RALLY. Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his match against Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in the 2024 French Open.


‘I didn't come here to play a few rounds,’ says Novak Djokovic, noting he’d only join Wimbledon if he could play ‘at maximum’

Novak Djokovic is encouraged by his progress after undergoing minor knee surgery less than three weeks ago, but the seven-time Wimbledon champion said he will only play in the grass court Grand Slam next month if he is able to fight for the title.

The 37-year-old picked up the injury to his right knee during his fourth-round win at the French Open and pulled out of the quarterfinals before having surgery on June 6, putting his Wimbledon and Olympic hopes in jeopardy.

But the Serb, whose Paris Games spot was confirmed earlier this month, posted videos of his return to training on Instagram last week before arriving at the All England Club on Sunday, June 23, and immediately ramping up his preparations.

“I didn’t come here to play a few rounds,” Djokovic told the BBC after practice on Monday, June 24. “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 title decider.

Wimbledon runs from July 1-14. – Rappler.com

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