London - Novak Djokovic is considering taking a break from
competitive tennis to recover after a long-standing elbow injury forced him out
of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The three-times champion retired hurt from his quarter-final
against Tomas Berdych after he had lost the opening set and was down a break in
The 30-year-old Serb said his right elbow had been bothering
him off-and-for over a year and a half. The injury has coincided with a slump
in form during which the former world No 1 surrendered his Australian and
French Open titles this year and slipped to fourth in the world rankings.
"The specialists that I've talked with haven't been
really too clear, mentioning also surgery, mentioning different options,"
"Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done. I
guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now," he
added. "The more I play, the worse it gets."
Djokovic remained philosophical.
"It's just unfortunate - but in life, these particular
things happen for a reason. It takes some time and obviously thinking to understand
why this happened and to obviously learn from it," he said.
"At the end of the day, this is something I have to
deal with and accept."