Tennis world stunned as Novak Djokovic withdraws from French Open due to injury

Jun 05, 2024
Upon hearing of Djokovic's withdrawal, fans quickly extended their support, wishing him a swift recovery. Source: AP PHOTO.

In news that has stunned the tennis community, sporting superstar Novak Djokovic has announced his withdrawal from the French Open due to a knee injury.

A torn medial meniscus suffered during his five-set win over Francisco Cerundolo has sidelined the 37 year old with Jannik Sinner rising to become the new men’s world No.1.

“I am really sad to announce that I have to withdraw from #rolandgarros,” Djokovic announced on social media.

“I played with my heart and gave my all in yesterday’s match and unfortunately, due to a medial meniscus tear in my right knee, my team and I had to make a tough decision after careful consideration and consultation.”

Djokovic’s absence paves the way for Australian star Alex de Minaur to potentially face Norwegian seventh seed Casper Ruud in this week’s semi-finals, provided de Minaur defeats Alexander Zverev in his quarter-final on Wednesday, June 5.

With Djokovic out, Ruud, the two-time finalist, secures a bye into the last-four.

Upon hearing of Djokovic’s withdrawal, fans quickly extended their support, wishing him a swift recovery.

“This is so heart breaking. I know that it’s important for him to prioritise long-term health over short-term glory. But we can’t but be sad & concerned. Hope he recovers soon,” one fan wrote in response.

“Get Well Soon @DjokerNole, Come Back stronger than ever.”

“Certainly a very difficult decision, but Novak will come back even stronger,” commented another.

“Heartbroken to hear about your withdrawal. Your passion and dedication on the court are truly inspiring. Take the time you need to heal and recover. We know you’ll bounce back stronger. Your fans will be eagerly waiting for your return. Sending you positive vibes.”

Sinner learned of his rise to number 1 status on court by former French star Fabrice Santoro after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the semi-finals on Tuesday, June 4.

“What can I say? First of all, it’s every player’s dream to be number one in the world. In the other way, seeing Novak injured is, for everyone, disappointing. So I wish him a speedy recovery,” Sinner said.

“Being No.1 means a lot to me.”

Djokovic had earlier revealed that his knee issue had been troubling him for several weeks before he arrived at Roland Garros.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow — or after tomorrow, if I’ll be able to step out on the court and play,” he said.

“I hope so. Let’s see what happens.”

Djokovic’s withdrawal means he remains without a tournament win in 2024, and his aspirations of surpassing the record of 24 Grand Slam titles he currently shares with Margaret Court will have to wait.

-with AAP.

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