From the start of the 2023 Aussie Open, Novak Djokovic was very vocal about having a hamstring injury. But after crushing Alex de Minaur in the 4th round, The NY Post said skepticism about his injury intensified
After the match De Minaur seemed to suggest that Novak was just fine, reported The Daily Mail. Though a day later De Minaur said the media twisted his words
Broadcaster Todd Woodbridge acknowledged Novak’s injury is legit, but said he was obviously exaggerating it. “It’s one of his mental tricks -- Wide World of Sports”
Novak called the narrative “interesting”, and said people doubt his injuries more than they do other players’. He uses it as “extra motivation”
His former coach Boris Becker had Novak’s back: Novak wouldn’t fake an injury. And anyway, he’s got a history of issues with his leg
American player Taylor Fritz also came to Novak’s defense. He said most players are dealing with some kind of injury, but the media only focuses on those at the top
Sports doc Peter Larkins cited Novak’s commitment to his health as the reason he’s able to play through injury. He’s just so “in tune with his body” -- TheAge.com
Faking injuries is just one of many myths about Novak that need to be put to bed, wrote Tennis365. He’s got nothing to gain by pretending to be hurt. Let’s cut the crap and just celebrate his greatness!