Djokovic stuck in shoulder injury limbo
While he has previously announced plans to try and play at least part of the autumn Asian tournament swing, Novak Djokovic now appears to be stuck in shoulder injury limbo.
The 2018 US Open holder who lost his chances of a repeat New York title as he went down through retirement in the third set of his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka.
Now Djokovic is doubtful as to his timetable for a return to the ATP.
“I would like to tell when I will be back, but I do not really exactly know,” he told Serbian media in Belgrade. “Unfortunately, the injury is more serious than what I imagined.
“I was sad for not continuing in New York, it’s one of the four major tournaments, so important during the second half of the season.”
He added: “I check the results of my rehabilitation on a daily basis. I check the way shoulder reacts to my recovery.”
The world No. 1 is working with a personal physio during his down time in Serbia and is optimistic the extra treatment will start to show results.
“I hope I’m fit in a week or two. In an ideal situation, it would be in Tokyo (where he would return at the event starting September 30).”