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Novak Djokovic withdraws from the French Open, Jannik Sinner the new World No.1

Last updated: 04 Jun 2024
John Eastwood 04 Jun 2024
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  • Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the 2024 French Open
  • The Serbian suffered a knee injury in the fourth round
  • Jannik Sinner will become the world number one next week
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic picked up a knee injury in the 2024 French Open fourth round (Getty)

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the French Open ahead of his quarter-final clash against Casper Ruud. The Serbian suffered a knee injury in his five-set win over Francisco Cerundolo in the fourth round.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion needed anti-inflammatory drugs to get through the match against Cerundolo. He blamed the "slippery" Philippe Chatrier court for the injury he sustained early in the second set.

"I don't know what will happen tomorrow or after tomorrow if I'll be able to step out on the court and play. You know, I hope so. Let's see what happens," Djokovic said after the match.

"For the last couple weeks I have had, I would say, slight discomfort, I would call it that way, in the right knee, but I haven't had an injury that would be concerning me at all.

"I was playing a few tournaments with it, and no issues until today."

The French Open organisers issued a statement that read: "Due to a torn medial meniscus in his right knee (discovered during an MRI scan performed today), Novak Djokovic... has been forced to withdraw from the Roland Garros tournament." 

Ruud will face fourth seed Alexander Zverev or 11th seed Alex de Minaur in the semi-finals on Friday.

Djokovic's withdrawal means that Jannik Sinner will become Italy's first men's world number one next week. Djokovic has spent a record 428 weeks at the top of the rankings.

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