Carlos Alcaraz will miss the 2023 Australian Open due to an injury, and Djokovic was saddened to hear it.
Despite being one of his biggest threats to make history in the Rod Lave Arena, Djokovic still wished for Alcaraz to have competed at the event. The number one player will miss the event and it's not good for the event or tennis according to Djokovic.
"Obviously, it's not good for tournament, not good for tennis. He's number one in the world. Such a young player. A big name, big star in our sport already. I'm sure that many of the fans are disappointed. I hope for his speedy recovery. Whatever it is, I know he had injury end of last season that was different from this."
Alcaraz has been out of action for a while having missed the Paris Masters due to an abdominal injury. Djokovic knows that missing extended time can make it hard to come back quickly:
"You're constantly on the road, playing competitions. When you are out of that rhythm, your body can react."
"You can have some injuries and difficulties when you come back to the tour and start pushing more and playing points, giving more intensity in the points, practice points, practice matches. It's unfortunate for him (but) he's still young, got plenty of time. I hope he can recover and be back on the tour quickly."