Before his 2023 Australian Open quarterfinal against Alex de Minaur, Todd Woodbridge questioned Novak Djokovic’s hamstring ailment.
At the Melbourne Major, Djokovic’s hamstring problem has worsened with each match. Despite that, he has consistently played well, leading many to believe the Serbian was overplaying his ailment.
Australian sports broadcaster Woodbridge, a former professional tennis player, is one of many who disbelieve Djokovic’s injury.
“He runs smoothly once he starts. I’m not saying it’s gamesmanship—quite it’s evident he has a niggle, but at times it seems like it’s going to break off, so he’s playing it up well here and there, but that’s Novak “he told WWS.
Woodbridge feels the 21-time Grand Slam champion has used such techniques before.
“Novak uses that energy to focus and fire up, sometimes using the audience. We’ve seen him do it that way for a long time “said. Boris Becker defends Novak Djokovic after Australian Open 2023 rumours of injury faking.
After Novak Djokovic was accused of faking an injury, former coach Boris Becker defended him.
Becker denied that his former protégé will fake injury at the 2023 Australian Open.
“It’s possible he’s bluffing. Heaven and hell. That also hinders the opponent. Novak wouldn’t act like way without anything. I’ve known him for years and know he has thigh issues “said.
The 55-year-old said the 35-year-experience old’s helped him play through injuries and manage them precisely during matches.
“Novak can grit his teeth when it matters, but he lets it go in less important situations,” he said.