Professional athletes like tennis players dread the thought of sustaining an injury, especially ahead of some of the year’s biggest tournaments like the French Open and Wimbledon, but that is exactly the misfortune that has fallen upon the #2 ranked Men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic.
Hurting his dominant right arm at the Monte Carlo Masters last month, Djokovic is taking no part in the Madrid Masters happening right now! Ahead of the French Open that begins later this month, the timing of this injury couldn’t be worse. Djokovic is seeking his first ever French Open title and was playing some of the best tennis of his career, winning both the Sony Open and BNP Paribas Open over Roger Federer and top ranked Rafael Nadal. Having won all 3 other Grand Slams in his past, Novak certainly wants this title to cap off his impressive career. He came close by reaching the French Open Final in 2012, though he couldn’t finish.
But with a niggling injury certain to hamper him (especially on the demanding clay surface!), the question remains as to whether he’ll even be ready to compete at the top level required at such a tournament. He hopes to return in time for the Rome Masters next week, which could hopefully give him something of a refresher ahead of the Roland Garros event.
Careful attention should be paid to how he is able to play tennis in Rome before any 2014 French Open title hopes are brought to the surface. While hopefully this injury is minor and his withdrawal from Madrid was merely a precaution, let’s see if this tennis superstar can handle the pain that he will have to battle in order to take this prestigious Grand Slam championship! What do you think, can Novak Djokovic win this year’s French Open?
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