Novak Djokovic’s triumph at the Australian Open 2023 was already an exceptional performance: The Serb, who was not allowed to start at the Australian Open last year due to his corona vaccination refusal, won his tenth title in Melbourne and is now 22nd overall. Grand Slam successes on par with Rafael Nadal in terms of this rating.

But a statement by Craig Tiley, CEO of the Australian major tournament, in an interview with the sports platform “SEN”, screwed the already almost unbelievable feat of the world number one up a few more levels.

Because according to the 61-year-old South African, the “Djoker” played throughout the event with a three-centimeter tear in the rear thigh.

“The guy I saw, he had a 3cm tear in his thigh. Really, I’ve seen the scans, the doctors will tell you the truth,” Tiley is quoted as saying in the article.

“There was a lot of speculation as to whether it was true or not. It’s hard to believe they can handle this kind of injury like they could.”

“It’s impressive that he handles things like this so professionally,” Tiley continued. “Novak has many of his problems because he has a bad reputation. But at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone can question his athleticism.” Djokovic announced on Tuesday that he would soon hold a press conference with more details about his injury.

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