Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic announced on Wednesday that he will miss the rest of the 2017 ATP World Tour season to recover from an elbow injury.
The 30-year-old admitted that he had been struggling with a right elbow injury for the last 18-months after his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych recently.
The news was confirmed by the 12-times grand slam winner in a live broadcast on his Facebook page where he also confirmed that he and wife Jelena are expecting their second child.
"All the doctors I've consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I'll do whatever it takes to recover," Djokovic said.
"I will use the upcoming period to strengthen my body and also to improve certain tennis elements that I have not been able to work on over the past years, due to a demanding schedule. Five months may seem long from this point, but I'm sure they will pass quickly because there is so much I want to do.
"Another important moment is coming, we will become parents for a second time. My wife, Jelena, and I are expecting our second child, and we are preparing to welcome a new family member. These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight. I'm confident I will be ready for the start of the new season.
"My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when hitting my forehand as well. Unfortunately, such injuries are often encountered in a professional sport, and I am very proud of the fact that I have been free from serious injuries during all these years."