Djokovic respond to claims he is faking injury

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Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has stated that he does not “need to prove anything to anyone” as he responded to people saying he is “faking” his injury at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was brilliant in a straight set win against Australian Alex de Minaur on Monday to extend his winning  streak at the Grand Slam to 25 matches, despite suffering with a hamstring injury.

The Serbian slammed media comments questioning if he is really injured.

“I leave the doubting to those people — let them doubt,” he said. “Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting. I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.

“I have got the MRI, ultrasound and everything else, both from two years ago and now. Whether I will publish that in my documentary or on social media depends on how I feel. Maybe I will do I it, maybe I won’t.

“I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying. It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, [a] narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situations.

“But I am used to it and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic was unable to compete in the Australian Open last year as he was deported on the eve of the tournament in Melbourne after he arrived in the country without being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The No. 4 seed for the tournament won the Grand Slam in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and he has returned in dominant style to set up a quarterfinal tie with Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.

Asked about Djokovic’s injury, De Minaur said: “I think everyone’s kind of seeing what’s been happening over the couple weeks. It’s the only thing everyone’s been talking about.

“I was out there on court against him. Either I’m not a good enough tennis player to expose that, or it looked good to me.”

 

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