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Djokovic to end 2017 season due to elbow

FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 12, 2017 file photo of Serbia's Novak Djokovic as he gestures during a press conference after losing his Men's Singles Quarterfinal Match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of this season because of an injured right elbow. The 12-time major champion will skip the U.S. Open. That ends his streak of playing in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. (AELTC, Joe Toth/File via AP)

(AP) -- Novak Djokovic will sit out the rest of this season because of an injured right elbow, meaning he will miss the U.S. Open and end his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

"It is the most important for me to recover, to be able to play injury free for as long as possible, to compete in the sport that has given me so much, the sport I love," Djokovic said Wednesday. "Of course I want to return to the winning form, to win again, to win the trophies. But now it is not the time to talk about it. At this point, I'm focusing on recovery."

Until now, Djokovic has never missed a major tournament since he entered his first, the 2005 Australian Open. That is the third-longest active run among men and seventh-longest in history.

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1 A. Murray 7,750
2 R. Nadal 7,465
3 R. Federer 6,545
4 N. Djokovic 6,325
5 S. Wawrinka 6,140
6 M. Cilic 5,075
7 D. Thiem 4,030
8 K. Nishikori 3,740
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3 A. Kerber 5,975
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5 E. Svitolina 4,935
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7 J. Konta 4,750
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