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Novak Djokovic To Sit Out Rest Of 2017, Including US Open

NEW YORK (AP) - Novak Djokovic is going to miss the rest of this season because of an injured right elbow.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia rests between games against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during his first round Men's Singles match on Day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

That means Djokovic will pull out of the U.S. Open and end his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

The two-time U.S. Open champion announced his decision Wednesday, saying "this is the decision that had to be made at this moment."

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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