Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/16/14
By Maud Watson Novak Djokovic (Christopher Levy / Tennis Grandstand) Touch and Go The spring clay court season of the ATP World Tour is set to kick it into high gear next week, but it may not be firing on all cylinders. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic badly sprained his ankle in his winning effort to help lead Serbia to victory over the United States in Davis Cup play last weekend and is uncertain if he will compete in Monte Carlo. Thankfully, an MRI showed there was no structural damage to the joint capsule or ligaments, but there is a strain on the joint, which requires rest and therapy. Incidents like this are a prime example of why the top players are often reluctant to consistently represent their countries in Davis Cup competition. The team competition’s scheduling leaves little room for recovery heading into regular tour events when freak accidents occur. Djokovic’s health and subsequent ability to peak later in the clay court season are more important, but hopefully he’ll be suff...
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