A couple of weeks after retiring in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Novak Djokovic has announced, this Wednesday, that he is putting an end to his season in order to recover from an elbow injury which has been nagging him for over a year.

After a year an a half of carrying an injury in the elbow that has culminated in the last couple of months, I have made the decision not to play any competition until the end of 2017. I have consulted many doctors and specialists in the last 12-15 months. They all agree that I need rest. This is one of those injuries where nothing can really help instantly. You just have to allow natural rehabilitation.

– Novak Djokovic

The former world number one, who has dropped to the fourth place of the rankings (his lowest since 2009), will take the time to recover. Most importantly, he will spend some time with his family, as his wife, Jelena, will give birth to the couple’s second child in the coming weeks. One thing is for sure: “I will take a couple of months without a racquet.”

However, the future is looking bright for Djokovic. “Andre Agassi has committed to stay with me next year.”

Watch Novak Djokovic’s full announcement

Djokovic’s announcement a year after Federer’s

The Serbian’s announcement comes exactly a year after Roger Federer made a similar declaration. On 26 July, 2016, the Swiss announced that he was pulling the plug on his season in order to completely rehabilitate his knee.

We know how this turned out.

We can only wish equal success to Novak Djokovic, and for him to make a complete recovery, both physically and mentally.

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