Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro schedule returns to competition

Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro schedule returns to competition

The top-seeded Serb retired from his US Open third round against Stan Wawrinka, while the 30-year-old Argentine hasn't played since undegoing surgery for a kneecap fracture in June.

Novak Djokovic says he is aiming to be back on court again during the Asian swing following his retirement with injury at the US Open.

The No. 1 did not complete his third-round match against Stan Wawrinka because of a shoulder problem. Though he initially indicated he planned to compete as scheduled for the rest of the season, there has been speculation that the injury could sideline him further.

But the Serb said on social media that he was "actively working on my recovery so I can be ready for the Asian swing." 

Djokovic is next scheduled to play Tokyo, followed by the Shanghai Masters.

"My health is always top priority," he added.

Djokovic also called the trainer for an elbow problem in Cincinnati, and had some issues with blisters on his feet during practice before the US Open.

Juan Martin del Potro, who has not played since the Queen's Club and underwent surgery for a kneecap fracture, is back on court and hitting again.

He plans to return at the indoor ATP event at Stockholm, followed by Vienna.

Del Potro, who reached the final of the 2018 US Open, tumbled 55 spots for not defending his points at the event.

The Argentine is No. 71 in the rankings.