Novak Djokovic receives medical treatment during his match against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic receives medical treatment during his match against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon. Gareth Fuller

Djokovic likely to miss US Open through injury

NOVAK Djokovic is likely to avoid elbow surgery but will probably miss next month's US Open.

The Serb has a bone bruise in his right elbow, which needs up to 12 weeks to heal.

Djokovic succumbed to the injury at Wimbledon, retiring in the second set of an abbreviated quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.

Serbian Davis Cup doctor Zdeslav Milinkovic said Djokovic would make a statement on his future this week.

Milinkovic told Serb media: "The most important thing is that Novak is at the moment calm and recovering successfully.

"The minimum will be paused for six weeks, and it is possible that the recovery will last for 12 weeks.

"Djokovic will announce on Wednesday a plan for the next period. He goes to therapy and can train, but without a racquet."

Milinkovic revealed Djokovic's elbow problem had been manageable for the past year but had worsened gradually.

If Djokovic is ruled out of the North American hardcourt swing, his ranking will slip.

The world No.4 has the Canadian Open title and US Open final points ahead to defend.

World No.1 Andy Murray expects to be fit to resume soon after having treatment on his hips.

News Corp Australia

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