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Tuesday July 23, 2024

Djokovic will only play at Wimbledon if he can ‘fight for title’

By AFP
June 26, 2024
Novak Djokovic in action during his round match against Britains Dan Evans.—Reuters/File
Novak Djokovic in action during his round match against Britain's Dan Evans.—Reuters/File

LONDON: Novak Djokovic says he will only play at Wimbledon if he is fit enough to “fight for the title” but his recovery from knee surgery is going well.

The seven-time champion at the All England Club was forced to withdrew ahead of his French Open quarter-final against Casper Ruud earlier this month after tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee.

His chances of competing at Wimbledon, which starts on July 1, initially looked bleak but he has made rapid progress and had a two-hour training session at Wimbledon´s Aorangi Park on Monday.

The 37-year-old Serbian world number two says he will make a decision before Friday´s draw. “I didn´t come here to play a few rounds,” he told the BBC. “If I know I can play close to my maximum or at maximum, then I´ll play. If not, then I´ll give somebody else a chance to play. “I really will only play if I know I am in a state which is good enough to go far in the tournament and fight for the title, so that´s the condition.