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Djokovic’s Surgeon on Wimbledon Hopes

Dr. Antoine Gerometta, who performed the arthroscopic surgery to repair Novak Djokovic’s medial meniscus, on his Wimbledon hopes.

By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Friday, June 14, 2024
Photo credit: Rob Newell/CameraSport

Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon participation is unlikely, but not impossible says the doctor who performed arthroscopic surgery on the Serbian superstar’s right knee.

Dr. Antoine Gerometta told French publication L’Equipe the Grand Slam king likely won’t be 100 percent in time for Wimbledon, which starts July 1st. 

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“We can dream and say that everything will go very fast,” Dr. Gerometta told L’Equipe. “But during the 45 minutes we were with Novak, his team and Vincent Guillard, doctor of the French Tennis Federation, I was very clear in saying that everything depended on the reaction of his knee.

“By gradually increasing the load, we will see if it stays without inflammation or pain. We will have to see how it evolves day by day, but it is impossible to predict what the state will be in a week or fifteen days. That it will be 100% in three weeks’ time seems unlikely.”

In an Instagram post, Djokovic last week said surgery went well and he’s focusing on recovery.

“In the past day, I had to make some tough decisions after sustaining a meniscus tear during my last match,” Djokovic posted on social media. “I’m still processing it all but I am happy to update you that the surgery went well.

“I am so appreciative of the team of doctors who have been by my side, as well as the overwhelming support I have received from my fans.”

Serbian media reports Djokovic is aiming to try to return in time to play next month’s Paris Olympic Games at Roland Garros. However that could be an ambitious goal given his knee injury and recovery time.

The Paris Olympic Games are set for July 27-August 4th.

Djokovic, who was displaced as world No. 1 by Jannik Sinner, said his ambition remain high.

“I’m going to do my best to be healthy and fit to return to the court as soon as possible,” Djokovic said. “My love for this sport is strong and the desire to compete at the highest level is what keeps me going.”

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Statisfaction: Every Year-End No.1 in WTA History

A list of every woman who finished a WTA season on top of the rankings since 1975. A list of every WTA player that finished a season as the WTA’s top-ranked player No.1 since the rankings began in 1975 (listed by total number of weeks at No.1 overall).

List last compiled on June 13, 2024

1975, Chris Evert
1976, Chris Evert (2)
1977, Chris Evert (3)
1978, Martina Navratilova
1979, Martina Navratilova (2)
1980, Chris Evert (4)
1981, Chris Evert (5)
1982, Martina Navratilova (3)
1983, Martina Navratilova (4)
1984, Martina Navratilova (5)
1985, Martina Navratilova (6)
1986, Martina Navratilova (7)
1987, Steffi Graf
1988, Steffi Graf (2)
1989, Steffi Graf (3)
1990, Steffi Graf (4)
1991, Monica Seles
1992, Monica Seles (2)
1993, Steffi Graf (5)
1994, Steffi Graf (6)
1995, Seffi Graf (7) and Monica Seles (3)
1996, Steffi Graf (8)
1997, Martina Hingis
1998, Lindsay Davenport
1999, Martina Hingis (2)
2000, Martina Hingis (3)
2001, Lindsay Davenport (2)
2002, Serena Williams
2003, Justine Henin
2004, Lindsay Davenport (3)
2005, Lindsay Davenport (4)
2006, Justine Henin (2)
2007, Justine Henin (3)
2008, Jelena Jankovic
2009, Serena Williams (2)
2010, Caroline Wozniacki
2011, Caroline Wozniacki (2)
2012, Victoria Azarenka
2013, Serena Williams (3)
2014, Serena Williams (4)
2015, Serena Williams (5)
2016, Angelique Kerber
2017, Simona Halep
2018, Simona Halep (2)
2019, Ash Barty
2020, Ash Barty (2)
2021, Ash Barty (3)
2022, Iga Swiatek
2023, Iga Swiatek (2)

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Statisfaction: Every WTA Player Who Ever Held the No.1 Singles Ranking

A list of the 29 players who have ascended to the top of the WTA rankings since 1975.A list of every ATP player that reached the ATP’s No.1 ranking since the rankings began in 1973 (listed by total number of weeks at No.1 overall).

List last compiled on June 13, 2024

Steffi Graf, 377
Martina Navratilova, 332
Serena Williams 319
Chris Evert, 260
Martina Hingis, 209
Monica Seles, 178
Ash Barty, 121
Justine Henin, 117
Iga Swiatek, 107
Lindsay Davenport, 98
Caroline Wozniacki, 71
Simona Halep, 64
Victoria Azarenka, 51
Amelie Mauresmo, 39
Angelique Kerber, 34
Dinara Safina, 34
Naomi Osaka, 25
Tracy Austin, 21
Maria Sharapova, 21
Kim Clijsters, 20
Jelena Jankovic, 18
Jennifer Capriati, 17
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 12
Ana Ivanovic, 12
Venus Williams, 11
Karolina Pliskova, 8
Aryna Sabalenka, 8
Garbine Muguruza, 4
Evonne Goolagong, 2

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Statisfaction: Every Player Who Held the ATP’s No.1 Singles Ranking

A list of all 29 payers who held the No.1 rankint A list of every ATP player that reached the ATP’s No.1 ranking since the rankings began in 1973 (listed by total number of weeks at No.1 overall).

List last compiled on June 13, 2024

1. Novak Djokovic, 428 weeks
2. Roger Federer, 310 weeks
3. Pete Sampras, 286 weeks
4. Ivan Lendl, 270 weeks
5. Jimmy Connors, 268 weeks
6. Rafael Nadal, 209 weeks
7. John McEnroe, 170 weeks
8. Bjorn Borg, 109 weeks
9. Andre Agassi, 101 weeks
10. Lleyton Hewitt, 80 weeks
11. Stefan Edberg, 72 weeks
12. Jim Courier, 58 weeks
13. Gustavo Kuerten, 43 weeks
14. Andy Murray, 41 weeks
15. Ilie Nastase, 40 weeks
16. Carlos Alcaraz, 36 weeks
17. Mats Wilander, 20 weeks
18. Daniil Medvedev, 16 weeks
19. Andy Roddick, 13 weeks
20. Boris Becker, 12 weeks
21. Marat Safin, 9 weeks
22. John Newcombe, 8 weeks
23. Juan Carlos Ferrero, 8 weeks
24. Thomas Muster, 6 weeks
25. Marcelo Rios, 6 weeks
26. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6 weeks
27. Carlos Moya, 2 weeks
28. Patrick Rafter, 1 week
29. Jannik Sinner, 1 week