Novak Djokovic’s shoulder injury did not stop him from beating Gilles Simon at Wimbledon. Despite a hard fall onto his upper-left arm in the third set that had a great potential to jeopardize his progress in the tournament, Djokovic managed to recover and finish with a win.
“Djokovic seems to have injured his left shoulder when he fell on it playing today. The way he fell on the shoulder, it’s a small possibility that the shoulder shifted, and it may have not necessarily torn the labrum, but when he said afterwards it felt like it dislocated, it may have slipped out just a little bit. Lot of times, though, because it’s his non-dominant hand, and he serves with the opposite right hand, he could finish out the match and be fine. Hopefully he will be. Just remains to be seen how he does. I wish him well,” says Manhattan Orthopedic Care’s board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Armin M. Tehrany, MD, FAAOS.
As Dr. Tehrany explains, Djokovic was indeed able to finish this match, and triumph.
“It was a scary fall. I had a strong impact. When I stood up, I felt a click or pop. I feared it might be dislocated or a joint problem. Going out in that way would be the worst possible exit. But luckily it had a minor effect on the joint and the muscle around it. I had ultrasound but it’s all looking good,” says Djokovic.