ATP legend: “I can understand Novak Djokovic”

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Concerns and ambiguity abound around Novak Djokovic‘s health. With a left hamstring injury received at the Adelaide tournament, the former world number one arrived at the Australian Open. He is obviously affected by what at first seemed to be a small issue.

The Serbian superstar has clearly struggled in the first two rounds of the Happy Slam, and he even needed a physiotherapist during his match against the Frenchman Enzo Couacoud in the second round. The 21-time Grand Slam winner acknowledged that his knee is bothering him and that he is uncertain as to whether it will get better.

In Melbourne Park, Nole is attempting to win his eleventh championship, which would put him 22 Grand Slams ahead of his longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal. The 35-year-old from Belgrade hasn’t lost in Australia since 2018, but with a similar injury, it won’t be simple to finish last in the competition.

In an interview with Eurosport, Boris Becker evaluated Djokovic‘s health.

Nole Djokovic and Boris Becker

“You already know who it is; the man is intoxicated to the point of becoming provocative!

He is merely trying to get inside my thoughts; he is not here to watch tennis. What are you going to do about it now that you’ve heard him at least ten times and I’ve heard him fifty times? Novak Djokovic said at the umpire, “Why don’t you get him out of the stadium.”

I can comprehend him. The referee must step in at some point because it becomes unfair if four or five inebriated spectators arrive at the court with the intent to obstruct Novak during numerous points, the German told Eurosport.

According to Becker, he supports ardent supporters, but only to a point. He continued, “I enjoy boisterous supporters; passion and emotion are part of the game, but if they’re extremely inebriated, they don’t belong on a sports court. Recently, Mats Wilander, a former world number one, raised concern on Novak Djokovic‘s hamstring injury sustained during the ongoing 2023 Australian Open. “I don’t remember him expressing anything like that about his body, so that isn’t comforting. In all honesty, “said Wilander.

“Rafa [Nadal] is definitely always up front and sincere, and he is frequently questioned. Novak rarely appears hurt, and when he does, he always keeps it quiet. That’s a concern, “added Wilander.