Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic revealed to his social media followers on Friday that he has recently undergone a “small medical intervention” on his right elbow.

“I owe you some news about my recovery,” Djokovic wrote on Instagram and Facebook. “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”.

Djokovic ended his 2017 season after The Championships at Wimbledon, where he retired in the second set of his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych. The 30-year-old returned to competitive play for the first time at the recent Australian Open, where he fell in the fourth round to eventual semi-finalist Hyeon Chung.

“I took six months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain,” admitted Djokovic. “I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try [at the Australian Open].

“I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finished in Australia. A few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow,” revealed Djokovic. “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.”

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