Novak Djokovic confirms problems with his wrist, believes lack of game time has been the biggest challenge over his ‘worrisome’ injury

After suffering a straight-set defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic reveals he has picked up a concerning injury on his wrist.

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Novak Djokovic - IMAGO / Shutterstock/ Ella Ling

21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has returned to action. The Serbian played at the 2022 Laver Cup making his second tournament appearance. Djokovic was part of the dream line-up for Team Europe as the Big-4 came together for the first time.

Djokovic started the campaign well winning his singles match against Frances Tiafoe and then the doubles clash against Jack Sock and Alex de Minaur teaming up with Matteo Berrettini. He however lost in singles to Felix Auger-Aliassime and revealed that he injured his wrist during it.

“I have been struggling with my right wrist for the last four five days, to be honest. I have been keeping it under control. The two matches yesterday probably had an effect. Today was not easy. I couldn’t serve as fast or as accurately as I would like to,” said Djokovic speaking to the press after his defeat.

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Novak Djokovic to go ahead with the appearance in Tel Aviv

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic – IMAGO / Shutterstock/ Ella Ling

Having not played since winning the 2022 Wimbledon Championships back in July, Djokovic returned to action after a Tour absence of more than 2 months. The Serbian however revealed that he had full confidence in his level but was concerned about his wrist going into the remainder of the season.

“Could be not playing almost three months matches, and then conditions here are such that the balls are really big and slow. You always have to generate a lot of wrist action and speed, which could be the case why I have been feeling soreness of my right wrist.

“I am not worried about my level, but I am a bit about the wrist. I am going to try to take care of it with my physio, to be ready for my first match in Tel Aviv,” added Djokovic as the Laver Cup will conclude today bringing an end to an exciting 3-day event and also to the glorious career of Roger Federer.

Despite criticism, Djokovic will head to Israel for the Tel Aviv Open starting from 26th September and will play in both singles and doubles. Djokovic will be partnering local boy Jonathan Erlich who’ll retire from professional tennis. Djokovic and Erlich had combined for the 2010 Queen’s Club title, the Serb’s only Tour Doubles title.

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Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Despite being a lifelong Roger Federer fan, he has admiration for other tennis stars as well.