Extent of Novak Djokovic hamstring injury, three centimetre tear
The lid has been lifted on the extent of Novak Djokivic’s curious hamstring injury and it doesn’t sound pleasant.
Ahead of this year’s Australian Open, Djokovic revealed he was battling a persistent hamstring complaint after suffering the injury during his semi-final victory over Daniil Medvedev at the Adelaide International.
Given his dominance as he progressed through the Open, a lot of commentary focused on the injury – with some questioning the impairment and whether Djokovic was exaggerating its effect.
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The 35-year-old cancelled several training sessions in between matches and had his leg taped heavily throughout the two-week competition – but noticeably less so during his straight sets win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday night.
Now, Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has corroborated that something was amiss with the Serbian’s leg.
“A lot of the challenges around Novak is that he gets a bad rap,” he told SEN’s Sportsday.
“But at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone can question his athleticism.
“I did see, he had a three-centimetre tear in his hammy.
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“He had a tear in his stomach (in 2021 too).”
Asked if he had seen proof of the injury, Tiley said he viewed the scans himself.
“Absolutely (I saw the scans), the doctors are going to tell you the truth,” he said.
“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.”
During the slam, Djokovic admitted he had “been through hell” with treatments, discussing how his top-tier focus and preparation had been different this tournament than in previous years.
In his 18th showing at the Melbourne major, Djokovic upheld his practically unbeatable record Down Under to claim a record-extending 10th Australian Open title – an act Tiley believes will never be replicated.
“He’s so focused on everything he does, with every single minute of the day,” he said.
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“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.
“He’ll hold a significant place in the history of the Australian Open.”
Djokovic previously stated he would publish evidence of his injury on social media, but is yet to do so.
“I’m going to post some stuff to prove but I don’t feel like I need to prove anything to anyone. It did affect me, especially in the first week,” he said.
“From the fourth round onwards, I felt like it was behind me … It actually helped my tennis a lot because I felt like I could run free. I was not thinking about it.”
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