In a column for the Gulf News, Boris Becker revealed that Novak Djokovic’s had a wrist problem at Wimbledon.
“He has now admitted to be carrying a wrist strain at Wimbledon,” Becker wrote Sunday. “He was unwilling to bring it up since he was beaten fair and square there, but the wrist did trouble him there and is still a problem for him. However, he is the favorite and the defending champion so he is training hard to protect his silverware.”
So when did Novak admit to having a wrist problem at Wimbledon? And what Boris says contradicts what Novak said himself over the weekend.
“It happened actually in Rio, just few days before the start of the tournament,” Djokovic said Friday. “I did experience this for the first time in my career. Never had this particular wrist injury before. I played against Del Potro, who unfortunately was absent from the tour for the wrist injury himself.”
During the match last night, Djokovic didn’t appear to have any issues with the wrist. However, he needed treatment in the first set for an arm issue that he shrugged off.
And Djokovic’s on-court demeanor seemed to also be off.
Djokovic, who did not appear on the US Open practice schedule today, plays again Wednesday afternoon against Jiri Vesely.
“To be honest, I take it day by day,” Djokovic said last night about his injuries. “That’s what I feel at the moment. It’s good, as I said, just to finish the match. I’m pleased that as the match progressed I was feeling better and better. Tomorrow is a new day. I hope that I’ll feel overall good so I’m able to perform at my best for the next match.”
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