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Novak Djokovic undergoes ‘small medical intervention’ on troublesome elbow

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Novak Djokovic has undertaken a ‘small medical intervention’ on his problematic elbow after struggling during the Australian Open. The 12-time Grand Slam champion returned to action at Melbourne Park, some six months after his last competitive match at Wimbledon, but was beaten by Next Gen ace Hyeon Chung in straight sets. During his fourth-round exit at the hands of Chung, the 30-year-old required treatment on the troublesome area and although he was able to complete the contest, it was clear he was in some discomfort. MORE: TENNIS History shows Roger Federer’s return to world No. 1 in Rotterdam is no guarantee Roger Federer on brink of history as he sets sights firmly on Rafael Nadal Nastase has ‘sexual harassment’ & ‘racially insensitive comments’ ban reduced Upon his exit, Djokovic hinted he may have to undergo surgery to tackle the long-term elbow issue. And while he was vague on exactly what ‘medical intervention’ he had received, the Serb believes he’s on a ‘good road now to full recovery’. He said on Instagram: ‘Hey guys, I owe you some news about my recovery. Hey guys, I owe you some news about my recovery. I’ve been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I’ve been seeing many doctors. Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions… It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do. I took 6 months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain. I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try on AO. Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow. It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery. It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say. I’m learning a lot and for that I’m grateful. I’ve always taken care of my body and looked for the most natural ways to heal, and my body has rewarded me with some incredible years on tour. I am super positive and excited to follow my recovery through so I can come back to the place I love the most. The court. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for cheering me on! A post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on Feb 2, 2018 at 2:27pm PST ‘I’ve been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I’ve been seeing many doctors. Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions… It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do. ‘I took 6 months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain. I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try on AO. ‘Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow. It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery. Djokovic required treatment against Chung (Picture: Getty) ‘It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say. I’m learning a lot and for that I’m grateful. I’ve always taken care of my body and looked for the most natural ways to heal, and my body has rewarded me with some incredible years on tour. ‘I am super positive and excited to follow my recovery through so I can come back to the place I love the most. The court. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for cheering me on!’

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