Novak Djokovic: My Wrist Is Fine, Hopefully It Can Stay That Way
by Tom Gainey | June 22nd, 2014, 12:44 am
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Top seed Novak Djokovic put to rest any injuries fears Saturday during a pre-Wimbledon presser. Djokovic sent a scare to his fans when he withdrew from a exhibition earlier in the week because of the wrist, but he says everything is “fine”.

“Right now I don’t feel any pain,” Djokovic said. “But I felt like, you know, when I’m changing surfaces, especially from clay to grass, in the opening few days of the practice here got a little bit of a strange sensation in the wrist. Now it’s fine, so hopefully it can stay that way.”

That should be good news for Novak who hasn’t won a Slam since the 2013 Australian Open. He’s also coming off a crushing loss in the French Open final to rival Rafael Nadal, but remains positive.

“It’s not the first or the last final that I lost,” Djokovic said. “I’m aware of the fact that as a tennis player playing more or less week after week, the big events you have to get used to winning and losing. It’s part of the sport.

“On the other hand you need to balance and try to have some recovery time,” he said of his time off after the French. “Some downtime, which can recharge your batteries mentally most of all. That’s what I got, so now I’m very motivated to play Wimbledon.”

With Boris Becker returning to the site of his most successful event, Djokovic will open his 2014 Wimbledon campaign Monday against Andrei Golubev. Novak lost to Andy Murray in the final last year.


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51 Comments for Novak Djokovic: My Wrist Is Fine, Hopefully It Can Stay That Way

Patson Says:

Go Nole ! Win it .. win it !


Giles Says:

Of course your wrist is fine, it was never not fine!
#DramaQueen


Colin Says:

David Goffin’s going to have a busy day on Monday, isn’t he?


Colin Says:

In case anyone’s wondering what the hell I’m talking about, the article originally said Nole’s first match was against Goffin. I think (he said querulously) when an article is corrected, the original word or words should remain, struck through.


Margot Says:

@Giles
You being such a huge fan of Rafa, surely the most maligned figure in tennis regarding accusations of faking injuries, must get the irony of accusing Nole of faking it?


calmdownplease Says:

@Margot

This should be interesting hehehe


Michael Says:

Yes, wrist is find and hope it stays that way. For Novak this Wimbledon is crucial for his career and a win would certainly take him places. If he is physically fit, I place him as the favourite to lift the title. Let us see what is in store ?


Giles Says:

@Margot. And that is because to date joker hasn’t shown any signs of his “injury” on court. He sure hits the ball pretty hard “injured wrist” and all doesn’t he? Are those signs of a bad wrist? Oh yes, at MC he came on court with a bandage covering his arm from his wrist to his elbow!!! Hit the ball pretty hard even then!!


Goatexpert Says:

Nole will unleash his new “boom boom” serve at the Wimbledon. And Volley like crazy. Watch out!


Goatexpert Says:

And lets not forget Murray. He has a good chance of winning the women’s title this year.


skeezer Says:

8:41 post.
Truth!


Giles Says:

10.41 post
Bandwagoner!!


calmdownplease Says:

`Goatexpert Says:
And lets not forget Murray. He has a good chance of winning the women’s title this year.`

That’s your 2nd time with this `joke`.
It’s still not funny.


jane Says:

margot, ta.

giles, it was quite obvious nole was injured at monte carlo (look back through the comments made here when people said he could not hit his serve, and so on), particularly in the semifinals. a lot of the posters were fed’s fans, and yet they were fair enough to see that nole was showing signs of being injured. but it wouldn’t matter if he was wincing in pain to you because even when he rolled his ankle during a davis cup match the previous year, and was clearly hampered, you said the same thing, that he was faking.

maybe nole tries to be quiet about his injuries mores now because he was criticized so harshly when he was young and retired a lot (before he discovered the celiac disease). now he plays through things. for example, he had minor surgery on his neck at the end of 2011, but no one knew about it (not even his fans at his website) until this year when his doctor gave an interview.

anyway carry on.


calmdownplease Says:

Novak defintely didn’t play his best at MC.
This is why Roger clearly wasn’t too impressed with him going on about an injury around then as it put an asterisk on his victory.
As for the Nadal fans that whine about this injury. I don’t think I’ve ever heard one of them, frankly ever, saying that Rafa lost a match because his opponant was simply better on the day.
There’s always an excuse, he was tired, injured, had a virus & so on.
It can be a while before the revisionism begins of course but sure as a rainy day in Wimbledon it’s going to happen.
And although to be fair all fans of players do this (including for good reason because well players can be gassed, injured and so on).
Nadals fans in general are, by far, the biggest and the `best` for it.
And I think that is to do with the players themselves to an extent, and the way each team chooses to handle the media.


calmdownplease Says:

*opponent (cringe lol)


madmax Says:

Giles,

Do you think for once, you can stop clogging up this site with accusations of others and their injuries? Just because Nadal comes out as the poll favourite for ad nauseum comments about injuries (usually before he plays a tournament), there is no need to take a leaf out of his book and cry when others have legitimate wounds.

You only have to read about Novak’s to know that his wrist could be, and I say, could be, career threatening.

Thank fully, for now, he is able to play. Your worry is that he is probably the only one on tour right now that can give rafa a run for his money, and if Murray can find his 2008 form at the USOPen, then he has a chance as well.

Doesn’t matter for me that 2008 was hard court, Murray is a better grass court player than Rafa in my opinion, and grunts less, which really annoys me to hear players grunt all the time.

Grunting should be banned.


madmax Says:

CDP,

Where is the link that Roger said something like that? First I have heard. Always great respect for Novak.


Lulu Says:

@calmdownplease
It’s ludicrous to say NO Nadal fan EVER admitted Rafa lost because the opponent was better on the day. I will say right now that Rafa has been absolutely pasted by Fed & Nole at times when there was nothing wrong with him. Honestly, Stan was kicking his ass in the AO final before Rafa got injured. I do think Rafa emphasizes his injuries after the fact to protect his ego. Just one of his many quirks! Still love the guy! Vamos!


calmdownplease Says:

madmax, I’ll dig it up

Lulu no its not ludicrous and you are honestly the first I have ever seen say all of that.
I’m sure there a lot of reasonable Rafans but I don’t see them commenting like this.
In fact I read quite often how Rafa, when fit is simply unplayable & can only lose if he is injured.
Sorry just my experience.


Gorgeous George Says:

Just to add to cdp’s experience.

Post-2007 once Nadal had matured, there were many matches that he lost to better players on the day including vs Roger indoors and once at IW a few years ago, the seven straight losses to Nole just to name a few that quickly come to mind.

grunt grunt grunt grunting about nothing but excuses.


Lulu Says:

I am pretty sure Kimberly, Hippy Chic, and Okiegal have all owned up to Rafa being outplayed at one time or another. Anyway, glad Nole’s wrist is okay & hope we see some fine tennis from all the Big Four!


madmax Says:

CDP,

Thanks for that :)

“It doesn’t go week by week. I don’t know who’s talking all the time, but Rafa is the favourite, and then Novak, and then the rest, you know. It’s very clear,” insisted Federer.

The other alleged comment, as I have always said, I think things are taken out of context and distorted. I cannot imagine Federer, being the professional that he is, saying that.

There is a big, big difference between Fed’s comment and for example, Roddick’s comment on Novak, way back when, which has gone down as one of the all time funniest comments ever.

I choose to believe otherwise, but I appreciate you finding the link for me. Would have preferred it if it was a comment made for the Guardian or the Independent. The French press, CDP, is not noted for its fairness or its accuracy when reporting.


madmax Says:

GG,

Grunting is the maximum distraction when watching a game. We can do without it!


calmdownplease Says:

Sorry 3 posts don’t make up for an avalanche of tard-ness.
Disclaimer; I did say in general too.
And I have also used excuses myself.
Nadal is a cult like Fed is, so he attracts a lot of loons. A lot.
We Murray fans don’t have the luxury and comfort of idolatory because he simply doesn’t win enough, well enough to inspire that kind of blind devotion.
Maybe one day though :)
Or maybe not.


calmdownplease Says:

But MM it was a direct quote!
Your point about the Press is noted but let’s not kid ourselves that Roger is beyond being nasty about his rivals.
I’ve seen it myself on TV.

#wimbledon 2012 I hope Andy wins ONE slam


Margot Says:

@CDP
Lol if we ever idolised Andy he’d just come and give us a much deserved slap, or get us locked up!


Giles Says:

Hey madmax. Your fave has been grunting quite a bit for a while now. Havnt you noticed or should I ask havn’t you heard him? Are you conveniently deaf?


Patson Says:

I’ve always liked Andy , without being a fan of him. But I must confess, I have laughed my butt off on many occasions when Andy is shouting/talking to himself or his mom during the matches. Not trying to be a jerk here, but I find them hilariously funny.

Andy Murray fans, do you find those moments funny ?


calmdownplease Says:

Exactly, he just isn’t the type to inspire that way. And although Andy (& tennis) has been a quiet fascination for me for over 3 years now.
I don’t predict any shrines are going to be installed in the near future.
The monotone voice for starters brings one right down to earth with a bump.


calmdownplease Says:

`Andy Murray fans, do you find those moments funny ?`

No because it means he is losing or playing badly when he does that.


Giles Says:

jane. Save your breath, you will not convince me. I stand by my comments.


Patson Says:

@calmdownplease:
“The monotone voice for starters brings one right down to earth with a bump”

Although I really enjoyed watching his interview with Jonathan ‘W’oss several months ago. He has a dry sense of humor which sort of matches his personality.


Margot Says:

@Patson
No, but off the court he is very funny with a nice dry sense of humour, as you said, and almost as fast on his feet as he is on court.
@CDP
Think he is very private and shy so voice is probably more guarded than normal.
What? What? 3 years only? You, you ….bandwaggoner you….;)


Patson Says:

@Margot

High five since I’m a life-long Argentina fan despite not having anything to do with Argentina. I’m told by my parents that as a kid, I celebrated Maradona’s ‘hand of God’ goal against England by running around the house in my diapers. Now, to be fair, I do not have any recollection of that since I was too young; I can only presume they were messing with me.

As for their chances, Sergio , Di Maria and others need to do show up. It’s like they are leaving everything for Messi to do. Cometh the knock-out stage and they’ll find themselves in a situation similar to the one against Germany 4 years ago.

Argentina! You’ve got to get better.


calmdownplease Says:

It’s a very underplayed sense of humour.
And honestly, he doesnt have a bad bone in his body and is a thouroughly decent chap all round.
But none of that is `rock n roll` as they say.
But I like that he doesn’t give a `giles` about how he seems to others, and doesn’t play to the gallery too often the way others do.


Giles Says:

madmax says “Your worry is that he is probably the only one on tour right now that can give Rafa a run for his money …. “.
Hmmm let me think. Many players can give Rafa a run for his money if they are having a good day and Rafa a bad one. Rafa’s losses are not just confined to joker. And no, I am not worried about joker as you put it. When the two play against each other it’s anyone’s guess who is going to come out victorious. If its Rafa, I am happy. If its joker I’m disappointed for Rafa. But hey this is sport and things never stay the same. Some you win and some you lose. I think we can apply the word “worry” to YOU when Rafa and fed meet.
Rafa just won his NINTH FO. Did you congratulate him and his fans? #JustAsking


calmdownplease Says:

`What? What? 3 years only? You, you ….bandwaggoner you…`

Maybe a bit more like 3 and a half years then
I heard of Andy Murray vaguely about 4 years ago and a bit later got fully into supporting him.
Frankly, I’m glad I wasn’t around before as it has been quite a frustrating experience with the highs and the lows.
Now he has won Wimbledon however I must say i am a little less interested in tennis overall, but its still a passion for sure.
I’m sure Andy will be fully locked in for this tournament (of all tournaments) too.


Giles Says:

Cdp. 2.32 pm. Very funny. Careful now, taking my name in vain can amount to an obscenity! Moderators are reading! Lol


Margot Says:

@CDP
Phfui, now you’re trying to blag a few extra months. Huh! ;)
Actually in the early days he seemed to play without fear coupled with a huge desire to win, this was marvellous to watch after years of has beens and never gonna bes.
@Patson
Like the way Chile are playing too.


Okiegal Says:

I claim Andy as my 2nd favorite…….love his on court interviews better than anyone else’s….my guy included. Andy is a very classy fellow with a classy looking gal on his arm! Love to watch him play and I cheer for him as long as he’s not playing you know who!


calmdownplease Says:

^It’s the South American effect of the WC being there.
An extra % that hopefully Andy will also receive.
And Italy may rue not taking out Costa bleedin Rica with Uruguay coming up.
Still well deserved, it has to be said.


Okiegal Says:

@Lulu 1:42 PM

Yeah, thanks for defending me. I started to take issue with that comment but thought I would let it slide. Rafa flat out got whooped by Dustin Brown the other day. Another loss that comes to mind is when he got beat soundly by Tsonga at the Aussie open. DelPo took him to the wood shed at a year end tourney in 2013. I do sort of resent being put in that category…..I am aware of Rafa’s short comings, taking too long between points, for example……Do I think he’s perfect?
Not by a long chalk….but still love to watch this guy play!!

#noletslide


Okiegal Says:

I think the way Novak’s wrist is OK for a week or so and then flares up after a tourney is telling me he better get fully recovered before playing period. His wrist is clearly not well. If he continues playing and is having those “sensations”……that’s a red flag in my books and he better take heed or he will be in the same shape as DelPo…..imo.


Giles Says:

It is not my duty as a Rafa fan to emphasise his losses to any fan base on this forum and I certainly wouldn’t use vocabulary such as “woodshed”, “pasting” , “whooped” etc. I prefer to say ” lost” which is a much more respectable term. No need for drama. You either win or you lose!!! I don’t believe you will ever hear the fedfans use these terms when fed loses.
#RespectYourMan


jane Says:

not certain if nole has any fans here at all anymore, but here’s a good article:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jun/22/super-novak-djokovic?commentpage=1


Patson Says:

@jane

I’m a hardcore Nole fan. NoleFam is everywhere. Enjoyed the article. Always been a fan of his buoyant personality. The guy oozes life, and isn’t a bad tennis player either.


Kimberly Says:

@jane—not a Nole fan for obvious reasons! But it was a nice read!


contador Says:

jane – I am also a Nole fan. Love his tennis, personality, energy, sensitivity, ect. He’s No1e to me – the boss.


jane Says:

glad to hear some of you liked the article and also to know he still has a few supporters round here.

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