Novak Djokovic to miss US Open, rest of season with elbow injury

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Novak Djokovic of Serbia is given treatment during the Gentlemen’s Singles quarter final match against Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2017 in London, England. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the 2017 season, including the US Open, due to an elbow injury that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych. Djokovic, 30, made the announcement of a “prolonged break” on his website. Djokovic has struggled in the past year, and this break has been talked about in tennis circles for some time.

Although it felt like an inevitability, it seems to be as much about refinding his game as the injury. Roger Federer took a bit of a sabbatical earlier in 2017, and we may see this become a bit of a trend among bigger tennis stars. For Djokovic, it appears to be about getting healthy both mentally and physically as efficiently as possible.

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