Tennis: Elbow injury may rule Novak Djokovic out of US Open

Novak Djokovic said he was considering taking a break from playing to recover from the long-standing injury to his right elbow.
Novak Djokovic said he was considering taking a break from playing to recover from the long-standing injury to his right elbow.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is in doubt for the US Open due to his elbow injury, Serbian media reported, citing the country's Davis Cup team doctor.

Djokovic retired hurt during the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and said he was considering taking a break from playing to recover from the long-standing injury to his right elbow.

Serbia's Sportski Zurnal reported that the 30-year-old could face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.

"He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing," it quoted Zdenko Milinkovic as saying.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion won the US Open in 2011 and 2015. This year's tournament begins on Aug 28.

Britain's The Times said Djokovic would make a decision about his playing schedule over the next 24 hours and that an announcement would be made at a news conference in Belgrade this week.

"We are doing different checks and getting opinions from more than one doctor," The Times quoted his spokesman as saying.

Djokovic has appeared in 51 straight Grand Slams since his debut at the 2005 Australian Open.