Djokovic Withdraws from French Open with Knee Injury: Blow to Grand Slam Hopes

Djokovic Withdraws from French Open with Knee Injury: Blow to Grand Slam Hopes
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Novak Djokovic, the reign­ing cham­pi­on and cur­rent world No. 1, has crashed out of the 2024 French Open due to a knee injury. 

The Ser­bian star bat­tled through a gru­el­ing five-set encounter against Fran­cis­co Cerun­do­lo in the fourth round but suc­cumbed to the phys­i­cal strain. This with­draw­al deals a sig­nif­i­cant blow to Djokovic’s bid for a record-equal­ing 21st Grand Slam title and his his­toric attempt at a “Gold­en Slam” this year.

The injury emerged dur­ing Djokovic’s marathon match with Cerun­do­lo, where the top seed vis­i­bly strug­gled with fatigue. Despite secur­ing the win, Djokovic’s mobil­i­ty was notice­ably ham­pered, rais­ing con­cerns about his abil­i­ty to com­pete further.

This set­back comes amidst a chal­leng­ing peri­od for Djokovic. His depor­ta­tion from the 2022 Aus­tralian Open due to COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus marked a sig­nif­i­cant hur­dle. This French Open with­draw­al adds to the obsta­cles Djokovic faces in solid­i­fy­ing his lega­cy as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

Djokovic’s absence opens the door for his rivals. Play­ers like Rafael Nadal, Car­los Alcaraz, and Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas now have a clear­er path to claim­ing the Roland Gar­ros title.

While fans world­wide will undoubt­ed­ly be dis­ap­point­ed, Djokovic’s deci­sion pri­or­i­tizes his health. This with­draw­al allows him to focus on recov­ery and return stronger for future Grand Slam tournaments.

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