The decision immediately raised another alarm bell, worrying the many fans of the Serbian champion: Novak Djokovic has chosen to cancel the training scheduled for Sunday 15 January on Melbourne's hard courts, in preparation for his debut at the Australian Open.
The Belgrade native had to fight recently with a hamstring problem, during the week held in Adelaide in which he still managed to bring home the trophy and the first 250 points of the 2023 season, and did not fully reassure the their supporters before the start of the Australian Grand Slam.
The former world number one is the absolute favorite in the men's main draw and this minor injury could definitely slow him down, allowing other tennis players to surprise him and fight for the prestigious title.
Djokovic misses training
The news of the cancellation of the training session was launched by the journalist Sasa Ozmo, very close to the events concerning the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles, who in Australia could once again tie the trophy bill with Rafael Nadal, also at the starting tapes of the competition as the number one seed.
"This cancellation may not mean much, he may have gone home, considering the light rain that fell here in the very early morning," Ozmo underlined in an attempt to explain Nole's decision. Djokovic was quite clear in the press conference during the media day about his physical condition: "I've struggled a bit with this problem in the last seven days, to be completely honest.
But hopefully that's not the main concern. So far I've been able to train, compete, and play points and practice sets. So that's definitely a positive sign. Obviously I'm a little more cautious I won't completely burn out on training sessions, saving energy for next week.
I hope it won't cause me much trouble then." On Tuesday 17 January it will be the Belgrade native's turn to take the court to face the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round.
Novak #Djokovic cancelled his practice scheduled for today.