"Djokovic had 3 centimetre hamstring tear" - reveals Australian Open tournament director

"Djokovic had 3 centimetre hamstring tear" - reveals Australian Open tournament director

by Alfredo Bassanelli

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After his 2023 Australian Open triumph, Novak Djokovic said that he will show proof of his injury as there were many doubters.

During his run to the 22nd Grand Slam title, the 35-year-old faced a lot of doubts regarding his left hamstring injury. However, everyone that was around Djokovic confirmed this injury, and now, even the Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley did that.

“A lot of the challenges around Novak is that he gets a bad rap. But at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone can question his athleticism. This guy I did see, he had a three-centimetre tear in his hammy."

“Absolutely (I saw the scans), the doctors are going to tell you the truth. There was a lot of speculation about whether it was true or not, it’s hard to believe that they can do what they do with those kinds of injuries. He’s remarkable, to deal with it extremely professionally.”

Tiley also spoke about the Serbian's determination and the way that he approaches his career, and also praised him for his achievements in Melbourne Park, as this year's triumph marked his 10th victory at the Australian Open.

“He’s so focused on everything he does, with every single minute of the day. That’s what he eats, what he drinks, when he does it, how he does it. There’s no breakdown or mental breakdown in anything that he does."

“He’s been through a lot and to win 10 Australian Opens, I don’t think that’s ever going to be repeated. Over the last 15 years, he tells me it’s 14 years because he missed last year, it’s such a remarkable achievement. He’ll hold a significant place in the history of the Australian Open.”


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