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Novak Djokovic injury ‘impossible’ says Carlos Alcaraz’s coach


Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open hamstring injury has come to the forefront again after Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, suggested he found it ‘difficult’.

Djokovic originally picked up the injury at the Adelaide International, where he won the title, and had heavy strapping around his left leg throughout his tenth Australian Open triumph.

After Djokovic won the title in Melbourne, tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed that the Serb had a three-centimetre hamstring tear.

This news was met by many doubters and now, 2003 Roland Garros champion and coach of No.2 Alcaraz, Juan Carlos Ferrero has weighed in, “I am not going to call Djokovic a liar, but I will only say that I find it difficult.”

“I see it as difficult, if it were so, Djokovic would move as he did. Obviously if he has the ability to withstand brutal pain, which may be, good for him and he deserved to win.”

He added, “Personally, after having played my entire career and having injuries, I see it as very, very difficult, if not impossible. Obviously when he says it, he will explain it well, the tournament director [Craig Tiley] has said it and you have to trust what they say.”

Djokovic has since updated fans on his injury in a recent press conference, at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade, and announced that he is fit enough to play the ATP 500 in Dubai next week.

“I’m going to play in Dubai. My injury is healed but I’m still not at 100 percent. Things looking very good,” said Novak Djokovic.

When it comes to Indian Wells and the Miami Open, injury may not be the thing that prevents the 22-time Grand Slam champion from playing.

The United States’ vaccine rules mean that the Serb would not be allowed entry into the country, but he has since revealed that he has applied for a ‘special permit’ and is awaiting news of whether it will be accepted.

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