‘He never gives up, even when in pain’ – Simona Halep dismisses Djokovic faking accusations
Simona Halep has rejected suggestions that Novak Djokovic fakes injury, instead holding him up as an example who should be appreciated.
ATP world No. 1 Djokovic was accused by critics of faking or exaggerating an abdominal muscle tear he suffered against Taylor Fritz in the third round of the Australian Open.
The 33-year-old Serbian managed to beat the American in five sets, and continued to show signs of pain in beating Milos Raonic in the fourth round, and Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals. He went on to win the title – his 18th Grand Slam triumph.
“Djokovic is an example athlete. His strength to stay on the field, not to give up. Even if he has little pains, he calls the doctor and keeps playing”, said Halep in an interview with Digisport.
“The fact that Djokovic is still just as motivated should be appreciated.”
Halep and Djokovic will both make their first appearance since the Australian Open at the Miami Open next week.
The WTA world No. 3 was defeated by Serena Williams in the quarter-finals in Melbourne.
- Join the tennishead CLUB and receive £250/$350 of FREE GEAR including ASICS Gel-Resolution 8 trainers, shorts, shirt & socks
- Keep up to date with the breaking news & tennis action at our tennis news section
- Win amazing prizes by entering our competitions
- Learn more about your favourite players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Check out the latest tennis equipment with our tennis gear reviews
- Receive regular updates in our legendary free newsletter
- Read in depth features with stunning photography in tennishead magazine
- Can’t visit the tournaments you love? Check out our guide on how to watch tennis on TV
- Don’t miss a thing with our Live Scores service
- Follow tennishead on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
- EXCLUSIVE 5% DISCOUNT for all tennishead readers on tennis rackets, balls, clothing, shoes & accessories with All Things Tennis, our dedicated tennis gear partner