Novak Djokovic Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Ankle

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 7, 2013

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has suffered an ankle injury playing for Serbia in the country's 2013 Davis Cup quarterfinal against the United States. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 15, at 2:30 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Despite his ankle injury, Djokovic is going to play in the Monte Carlo Masters and will take on Mikhail Youzhny in second-round action, per the Associated Press (via ESPN).

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 15, at 12:35 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for tennis fans as Novak Djokovic (ankle) is making great progress, according to Sky Sports' Staff, though it remains to be seen when he will return to action.

He will wait until Tuesday to make a decision on his participation at the Monte Carlo Masters, which takes place in his adopted home town.

Djokovic told Sky Sports News: 'The condition of the ankle is getting better, it is more positive than negative and better than I actually expected it to be at the beginning of the week when I had a first MRI scan.'

'There hasn't been any big damage which is encouraging for this week and hopefully I can be part of the tournament because it's one of my favourites.'

'I live in this place and have lots of friends who come and support. They give me even more inspiration and motivation to be part of the event.'

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

While Djokovic's fans seem to be freaking out over the star's ankle issue, the one person who isn't panicking is Djoker himself. According to a report from The Telegraph, Novak told reporters that the ankle isn't all that serious, and that he could be back to action within a week or so. 

Per The Telegraph's report:

"The world's top player has undergone an MRI examination this morning which revealed no structural damage to the joint capsule and ligaments. A joint structures strain requires therapy and strict rest in the following days," the statement read.

"Depending on the recovery, a decision will be made on Nole's participation at the forthcoming tournament in Monte Carlo."

The six-time major winner admitted his pride at representing Serbia – with whom he won the Davis Cup in 2010 – stopped him from pulling out of his match on Sunday, with his victory sealing his country's semi-final place.

"Obviously it's very strong emotion when you play for your country; I guess that's the biggest reason why I kept playing," said Djokovic on the tournament's website after beating Querrey.

"Injuries are a part of sport, and you try to avoid as much as you can as an athlete."

While Djokovic's injury could be a nagging one, he doesn't appear to have any serious structure issues at this point, which hints at a quick return to form. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 9, at 9:22 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Novak Djokovic fans as the star is now uncertain to play in next week's Monte Carlo Masters due to his ankle injury, according to a statement on his official website.

The world’s top player has undergone an MRI examination this morning which revealed no structural damage to the joint capsule and ligaments. A joint structures strain requires therapy and strict rest in the following days.

Depending on the recovery, a decision will be made on Nole’s participation at the upcoming tournament in Monte Carlo.

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 7, at 10:00 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

Tennis broadcaster Craig Gabriel has confirmed the bad news for fans, with Djokovic's doctor reportedly telling him about the seriousness of his injury.

No word is yet known on what the injury is or how long he will be out for.

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According to a Reuters report, Djokovic reportedly twisted his ankle in just the third game of the match against Sam Querrey, which he went on to win 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-0 to give Serbia an insurmountable 3-1 lead in their quarterfinal.

The win sparked wild scenes on the court as Serbian players and officials rushed to celebrate the victory and their Davis Cup semifinal berth.

After the game, however, Djokovic wasn't so optimistic:

Injuries are part of the sport and you try to avoid them as an athlete as much as you can. The nature of the injury is still to be determined. 

One hour, one hour and a half after the end of the match, all I can say is it doesn't look good. It's swollen, and when it's swollen it's definitely not a good first sign. I'm going to do everything I can in my power to recover till that tournament [Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on April 140. How realistic that is, I don't know what to tell you.

This comes as a bitter blow for the reigning world champion, who had once again started the 2013 season in emphatic fashion—successfully defending his title at the 2013 Australian Open before following that up with a win at the Dubai Open.

He had also shown his success on the national front by leading Serbia at the Davis Cup. He defeated John Isner in straight sets to give Serbia a 1-0 lead over the United States and proceeded to notch an incredible victory against Querrey.

The 25-year-old saved six of the seven break points against him and managed to run out an easy winner in the end despite the ankle injury.

The World No. 1's next tournament is the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on April 14, with the 2013 French Open also less than two months away.


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