World No 1 Serbian hints at missing China Open and Shanghai Masters next month due to injury
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the world tennis number one seed, has a back injury and hinted to a Serbian newspaper yesterday that he might miss the China Open and the Shanghai ATP masters 1000 in October.
In Pain: Novak Djokovic lies on the ground after injuring himself during the Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro on Sunday. Pic/AFP
"I have a partial tear of a (back) muscle which needs rest. It is hard to say how much time off I need after only one exam. We will determine that in the days to come," Djokovic told sports daily Sportske Novosti.
"What is certain is that I will not endanger my health to play in one or two tournaments," he was quoted as saying.
The world number one added that he would have to recuperate between three and six weeks which would see him cancel the China Open and Shanghai Masters, which are both played in early October.
Last Saturday in the deciding fourth match of the Davis Cup clash against Argentina in Belgrade, Djokovic was forced to concede the rubber against Juan Martin Del Potro because of the injury, which also played up during his US Open final win over Rafael Nadal.