Novak Djokovic teases tennis workout video ahead of Wimbledon

Djokovic's surgeon said the Serb is "unlikely" to play at Wimbledon but the player might have different ideas.
Novak Djokovic at the French Open
Novak Djokovic at the French Open / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Rejoice, Novak Djokovic fans! At least, you can have some hope. The 24-time Grand Slam champion who recently had surgery on a torn meniscus - an injury he suffered at the French Open - is still iffy to make play at Wimbledon. The surgeon who performed the knee surgery stated that the Serb was unlikely to play at the grass-court major, so being iffy is an upgrade.

There is some potentially very positive news based on a recent social media post Djokovic created where a video shows the player doing workouts and running. He also twists and turns a bit in the video, and this is more important than straightforward sprinting. The sport of tennis requires a player to make quick sharp movements and there was some doubt Djokovic could do that yet.

The normal recovery period from surgery to a torn meniscus is three to eight weeks. That is for a normal person, though, and not a person who plays a professional sport for a living. A sport that is already difficult on the joints. Rushing to get back would be a mistake for Djokovic.

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In the recently released video, the Serb teases that he isn't just back to jogging but that he is ready to play. After a few shots of him working out, including knee bends, he runs onto a tennis court, smiles at the camera, and then serves a ball. He isn't going full-out on the court, mind you, but why post the video if not to build the expectation that he will be ready for Wimbledon?

The current No. 3 ATP player - he will become No. 2 on Monday after Carlos Alcaraz's surprise loss at the Queen's Club - has a couple of advantages over most of the field at the next Grand Slam. One is that he has won the event seven times so he has the experience and knowledge of how to win at the tournament. The mental part of the game is just as important as the physical.

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The other advantage is that he is old enough to know how to pace himself in a match after coming back from injury. He knows he shouldn't likely go for every ball coming his way early in a match if he thinks he can wait his turn and win bigger points later in the match.

Will a potentially weakened Novak Djokovic still be a favorite to win Wimbledon? Of course. He has won too much in his career to ever be doubted.

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