After dominating the ATP world tour, Novak Djokovic is calling it a season. The top Serbian, former #1, and holder of 12 Major titles will be taking the rest of the 2017 season off to rest his body. More specifically, Novak is going to be letting his elbow heal from a bruise he suffered from overusing it.
Novak Djokovic Injury Update
From his Instagram, Djokovic updates his fanbase:
Injuries happen all the time in a professional sport and I always invested time and energy in strengthening my body as part of prevention. That kind of mindset and rigorous routines allowed me to achieve incredible records and not to miss any majors for more than a decade. After consulting many doctors and hearing lots of different opinions, I have decided to end my season now and allow my body to heal properly and get ready for new challenges. I feel very grateful at this moment knowing how beneficial this will be for my body, mind and soul. Thank you #Nolefam for patiently waiting for my decision and sending me your love! I’ll be back 😉
With Novak Djokovic missing the rest of the 2017 tennis season, it’s likely he will not be able to defend a lot of ATP points;
- 1,000 points from World Tour Finals
- 180 points from Paris
- 360 points from Shanghai
- 1,200 points from US Open
- 1,000 points from Toronto
That’s a total of 3,740 points that Novak Djokovic will lose out on.
What will Novak Djokovic’s ranking be in 2018?
While it entirely depends on how well the rest of the ATP does, but it’s likely that those 3,740 missing points from 2017 will drop his overall points to about 2,500. Looking at the current ATP rankings, 2,500 ranking points will put Novak Djokovic at the 14th spot in the rankings.
Novak Djokovic hasn’t been that low in the rankings since mid-February 2007!
Certainly wish him the best in his recovery and, of course, a healthy return to the 2018 ATP tennis season.