Novak Djokovic Jan 21, 2023; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to his team during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on day six of the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports

Tennis star Novak Djokovic responded to allegations that he’s faking an injury during this year’s Australian Open.

The multi-time Grand Slam winner doesn’t seem concerned with outside opinions. Considering his other stances, that’s not surprising, but Djokovic responded candidly to claims that he was embellishing an injury.

“I leave the doubting to those people — let them doubt,” he said via ESPN. “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.”

Djokovic sustained a hamstring injury that has hampered him thus far in the 2023 Australian Open. Despite that, however, he won his match against Alex De Minur on Monday in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, and 6-2.

Speaking of De Minur, he added fuel to the fire with comments he made about the injury. De Minur, via ESPN, said of the injury, “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.”

Novak Djokovic will meet 5-seed Andrey Rublev of Russia in the Australian Open Quarter-final on Wednesday.


About Chris Novak

Chris Novak has been talking and writing about sports ever since he can remember. Previously, Novak wrote for and managed sites in the SB Nation network for nearly a decade from 2013-2022