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Novak Djokovic had knee surgical procedure this month. He’ll play Wimbledon anyway.

The seven-time champion was pressured to withdraw from the French Open lower than 4 weeks in the past, however says he’s able to go on the All England membership.

WIMBLEDON, England — Ought to Novak Djokovic make a deep run at Wimbledon this 12 months, he can have Taylor Fritz to thank.

The 26-year-old Californian was on the quick listing of athletes Djokovic referred to as after he tore the medial meniscus in his proper knee within the fourth spherical of the French Open.

Djokovic was all however counted out for Wimbledon as a result of the surgical procedure he had June 5 to restore the tear typically requires a restoration of three to 6 weeks. However the seven-time champion on the All England Membership knew Fritz underwent the identical process in 2021 and performed his first-round match at Wimbledon simply 21 days later. Djokovic tapped into his community of elite athletes, additionally chatting with three-time Grand Slam event winner Stan Wawrinka and champion skier Lindsey Vonn about their experiences recovering from the identical surgical procedure and determined to provide Wimbledon a go.

Djokovic did chortle when he heard that.

“I nonetheless have couple days’ time. I play on Tuesday,” he mentioned. “I’m assured concerning the well being of my knee, and simply common bodily state is de facto good. Clearly, as soon as the event begins, I’ll have extra, I assume, sensations and extra suggestions from how [the] knee reacts to a best-of-five Grand Slam match. To date all the things that was achieved was very constructive.”

Djokovic mentioned he received’t really feel the necessity to child his knee when he steps on courtroom for his first-round match towards Vit Kopriva of the Czech Republic. He wouldn’t be within the draw if he didn’t really feel he might play together with his regular depth.

He’ll play Tuesday because the greats of his era proceed to fade, dropping battles inevitably to age and harm. Andy Murray, 37, is entered into the draw however had again surgical procedure every week in the past to take away a cyst and hasn’t made his remaining determination about enjoying singles. (He obtained a wild card to play doubles together with his brother, Jamie.) Rafael Nadal, 38, opted to skip Wimbledon with the hope of preserving his physique for the Olympics.

“I do know that Olympics are proper after that on a totally completely different floor. I do know all of that,” Djokovic mentioned. “However I’m excited about Wimbledon. It’s a dream event. I wanted to focus all my consideration to that. … I haven’t had any setback. If I had one setback, I might be then questioning whether or not I needs to be right here or not. However I haven’t had a single one. Why not give it a shot?”

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