Novak Djokovic to have vaccinations before US Open as he battles elbow injury

• 36-year-old announced in Rome last week that he will begin chemotherapy next week • Serbian on antibiotics to treat elbow injury, which has troubled him

The Serbia’s health minister has said Novak Djokovic will have to be vaccinated before his next big tournament after the former world No1 announced on Friday he will begin chemotherapy for an elbow injury next week.

After making his 15th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearance at the Italian Open on Wednesday, the 36-year-old announced last week that he will begin treatment for the elbow pain. “There are people who try to use [the elbow injury] to gain undue advantage. I want to make a request to the authorities: please don’t let anyone get overconfident and to spread wrong information,” said the Serbian, who is tied at No3 with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the rankings.

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Djokovic’s return at the French Open, where he withdrew mid-tournament, prompted an outpouring of support from rival players. However, the former world No1 will again be missing Wimbledon as he prepares for the tough task of getting fit to compete at the Australian Open in January.

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