“Operation went well” – Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic underwent surgery on his right knee after withdrawing from the French Open on Tuesday.

The Serbian said the operation “went well,” but he did not indicate a time frame for his return.

The 24-time Grand Slam winner underwent a scan for a torn medial meniscus.

“I’m still processing it (the injury), but I’m happy that the operation went well,” Djokovic said on his social media.

“I am so grateful for the team of doctors who were by my side, as well as for the overwhelming support I received.”

The 37-year-old has made no mention of whether he will be ready for Wimbledon.

“I will do my best to get healthy and fit to return to the track as soon as possible.”

“My love for this sport is strong and the desire to compete at the highest level is what keeps me going,” he added.

Djokovic withdrew from the French Open after winning a five-set match against Francisco Cerundolo. He blamed the slippery surface of the Roland-Garros courts for contributing to his injury.

“I’ve had, I would say, a little bit of discomfort in the last few weeks,” Djokovic said after his record 370th win at a Grand Slam.

Casper Ruud, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s final, will face Alexander Zverev on Friday.

Djokovic should have qualified for the final in Paris to maintain his status as the world’s number one player. Jannik Sinner will now have the chance to wield the scepter.

For the first time since 2004, neither Djokovic, Rafael Nadal nor Roger Federer will compete in the final.

Djokovic said some time ago that he values ​​the Olympic Games, as he is chasing an elusive singles gold.

“It’s all about continuing my level of play on the clay court – I want to play my best tennis at the Games. Anything else is a bonus.”

If Djokovic is not ready in time for Wimbledon, it could be the first time since the 1999 US Open that neither he, Nadal nor Federer will be in action.

Nadal lost in the first round at Roland-Garros this year and revealed he was unlikely to play on grass as the transition back to clay for the Olympics would be difficult.