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Wrist injury sidelines Novak Djokovic weeks before French Open

Novak Djokovic’s wrist was heavily taped during his semifinal loss to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters. (Sebastien Nogier/EPA)

World No. 2 tennis player Novak Djokovic says he could be out “for some time” to let his injured wrist heal.

Djokovic, who lost to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday, played with heavy taping on his right wrist, which began to give him pain earlier in the week.

“I just rest now. I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don’t know. It’s really not in my hands anymore,” Djokovic said (via Associated Press). “I’m going to rest and see when it can heal 100 percent, then I will be back on the court.”

Djokovic is scheduled to play at the Madrid Masters that starts May 4 and the French Open – the only Grand Slam he hasn’t won – a few weeks later.

The 26-year-old thinks he may have hurt it while training too hard on clay after switching from the American hard-court tournaments – where he won Masters title at Miami and Indian Wells.

“It happened in two days. Obviously I practiced a lot. Maybe I started a bit too strong,” he said. “The transition from hard court to clay, different balls, have probably taken its toll.”

Despite the pain, Djokovic is looking on the bright side.

“The good thing is I don’t need to have a surgery,” he said. “I don’t have any rupture or something like that.”

And it appears that the six-time Grand Slam champion, with his wrist still wrapped up, did look in better spirits on Sunday.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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