McEnroe: ‘Novak knows how to manage injuries’

Henry

In the run-up to the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is once again suffering from an injury. The world’s leading player struggled with a wrist injury in his recent match against Alex de Minaur in Perth.

De Minaur won the match 6-4 and 6-4 and it was the Serbian’s first defeat in 43 matches in Australia.

But, John McEnroe believes, Djokovic is good enough to fire on all pistons again in Melbourne. After all, he has an 11th Australian Open title in his sights.

“We don’t know if Novak is 100% fit,” the American tennis legend said in an interview with ESPN.

“However, he was also injured in the previous years and he ended up winning the tournament hands down. He is definitely a player who knows how to manage any injury – as his ten titles attest.”

Djokovic complained of a sore hamstring last year, but he still beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 and 7-6 to walk away with the silverware.

However, he admitted that the injury had an impact on his mobility.

“I feel quite okay in the run-up to a game, but things get worse as soon as I move for a while. Sometimes the pain pills and the treatment work; other times not at all. It’s almost like a roller coaster ride for you,” Djokovic said at the time.

However, after his recent match against De Minaur, he admitted that he was persuaded to give his best again in the Australian Open.

Despite the injury.

“The process (to recover from an injury) is not new to me at all. I have been in a similar situation many times in my career and I know what is expected of me now.

“In 2021 and 2023 I also suffered an injury in the run-up to the tournament and I was able to walk away with the silverware twice. I am now going to work very hard to be as fit as possible for the Grand Slam.”