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Successful operation puts Novak Djokovic on track for Olympics

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Novak Djokovic’s operation went well, according to the man himself, and despite there being no return date, there is an array of optimism that he will be fit enough to participate at the upcoming Olympics this summer.

The 2024 Paris Games get officially underway in just over a month, starting from 26 July until 11 August, and tennis lovers will certainly be hopeful of getting a glimpse of the 24-time Grand Slam winner in the French capital.

Djokovic underwent surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, an injury that ultimately ended his Roland Garros outing. Though there is no time frame for when he could step foot on court, there is certainly a glimmer of hope that he will be back to make another appearance on French soil in the showpiece event.

Novak Djokovic says his knee surgery went well and he wants to return to  action as soon as possible | Yourbasin

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The Serbian star was forced to withdraw from the French Open after winning his five-set match against Francisco Cerundolo, therefore being unable to take on Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals. It means for the first time since 2004, the men’s final in Paris will not feature Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, or Roger Federer.

Djokovic will lose his position as the world number one in the rankings. He will be surpassed by the Italian player and widely-popular fan favourite, Jannik Sinner, who will ascend to the top spot next week. “In the past day, I had to make some tough decisions after sustaining a meniscus tear during my last match,” Djokovic said on X.

“I’m still processing it all, but I am happy to update you that the surgery went well. I am so appreciative of the team of doctors who have been by my side as well as the overwhelming support I have received from my fans.”

The 37-year-old didn’t address his availability for Wimbledon, commencing on 1 July. However, he expressed his determination to strive for a swift return to court by prioritising his health and fitness. “My love for this sport is strong, and the desire to compete at the highest level is what keeps me going,” he added.

“My love for this sport is strong, and the desire to compete at the highest level is what keeps me going.” Djokovic’s main priority is ensuring he is ready to go to the Olympics, as he eyes an elusive gold. “The Paris Olympics are very important; the Olympics have always been a priority for me,” he said in April.

“It’s all about building my game for clay courts. I want to reach my peak for Paris – that’s where I want to play my best tennis. Anything else is a bonus, so let’s see what happens.”

Scheduled to take place from 27 July to 4 August at the Stade Roland Garros, the tennis will host 172 players competing across five medal events: singles and doubles for both men and women, as well as mixed doubles.

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