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Djokovic will serve at Wimbledon. © APA/afp / DIMITAR DILKOFF

With Vonn support: Djokovic at Wimbledon

After tennis star Novak Djokovic tore his medial meniscus at the French Open four weeks ago, it seemed that he would not be able to take part in Wimbledon this year. Now the 37-year-old is returning surprisingly quickly. He received mental support from ski icon Lindsey Vonn.

Djokovic decided to undergo surgery immediately after his injury on June 5. In the weeks that followed, he sought advice from various athletes, including former ski racer Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn, who herself lives without a meniscus and with an artificial knee joint, shared her experiences with Djokovic. "Her experiences really gave me confidence and optimism," Djokovic explained to Picture. “If the rehab is done properly and my knee responds well, there are good chances.”

Tests against Sinner and Medvedev

Since arriving at Wimbledon a week ago, Djokovic has completed intensive training sessions, including practice sets against top players such as Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev. His knee proved to be stable during these test runs, which is why Djokovic is now taking part. "There are many situations on the court in which the knee is stressed almost to the limit. The fact that it has coped well with all of this is a great sign," said the world number two to Picture.

Djokovic is confident of victory

But Djokovic is certain: "I didn't come here to play one or two rounds. I really want to win the title." If Djokovic does get far, an exciting duel with the German Alexander Zverev could await him in the semifinals. On Tuesday, the Serb will first face the Czech Vit Kopriva. There, it will be shown how the recently operated knee withstands the high demands of a Grand Slam tournament.

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