Djokovic Dismissed Wrist Concerns Ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic lifts the US Open trophy in September 2023
Novak Djokovic lifts the US Open trophy in September 2023. Photo by Javier Garcia/Shutterstock (14086652bm)

Novak Djokovic shook off concerns about his wrist injury ahead of the upcoming Australian Open, commenting that he has faced more severe injuries in his past two campaigns in the first Grand Slam of the season. The ATP world number one lost to Australia’s Alex De Minaur at the United Cup this month; his first defeat in Australia in six years.

“I had time from the last match against De Minaur in the United Cup to my first match here to recover,” Djokovic declared. “I’ve been training well. Practice sessions are pain-free so far. It’s all looking good. Let’s see how it goes.”

Djokovic won last year’s Australian Open while harboring a hamstring injury, while also emerging triumphant in the 2021 edition of the tournament despite an abdominal injury. He did not compete in the 2022 Australian Open due to being deported from the country after refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.