Novak Djokovic undergoes ‘small medical intervention’ on elbow

Novak Djokovic has undergone surgery on his injury elbow.

The former world No 1 returned to Grand Slam tennis at last month’s Australian Open only to bow out in the fourth round when he was beaten in straight sets by Hyeon Chung.

Djokovic struggled with his ongoing elbow injury throughout the tournament and was recently spotted with his right arm in bandages.

While reports initially suggested a hand operation, the Serb has confirmed he has in fact undergone surgery on his elbow.

“Hey guys, I owe you some news about my recovery,” the 30-year-old wrote in a post on Instagram.

“I’ve been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I’ve been seeing many doctors.

“Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions… It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do.

“I took six months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain.

“I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try at the Australian Open.

“Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow.

“It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery.

“It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say. I’m learning a lot and for that I’m grateful.

“I’ve always taken care of my body and looked for the most natural ways to heal, and my body has rewarded me with some incredible years on tour.

“I am super positive and excited to follow my recovery through so I can come back to the place I love the most. The court.

“I’ll keep you posted and thanks for cheering me on!”