‘I played under abnormal pain’ – Novak Djokovic reveals multiple injuries
Novak Djokovic revealed he is dealing with more than one injury after he missed out on winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Serbian revealed he withdrew from the mixed doubles bronze medal match due to his body saying “enough”, and added he hopes he will be fit for the US Open.
The world number one fell to Pablo Carreno Busta in three gruelling sets in the men’s singles bronze medal match, having had his gold medal hopes dashed by a semi-final loss to Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic then pulled out of the mixed doubles bronze medal match he was due to play with partner Nina Stojanovic against the Australian duo of Ashleigh Barty and John Peers.
“I am dealing with injuries. Not one, more than one. I hope that it won’t stop me from going to the US Open, which is my next big goal,” explained the 34-year-old in a press conference.
“I apologise to all the fans in Serbia who I have disappointed. I know everyone expected a medal, I did too. I feel bad for Nina because we did not fight for a medal in mixed, but my body said ’enough’.
“I have played under medications and abnormal pain and exhaustion. But again, my heart is in the right place, because I know that I gave my all. I love to play for my country. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I wanted, but that is sport, we move on.”
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