Novak Djokovic, winner of 21 Grand Slams and world number 5 : “Alcaraz forfeit? I saw that. It is not positive for the Australian Open, nor for tennis. It is the world number 1. He’s so young, but he’s already a big name in tennis. He is already a big star of our sport. I’m sure many fans are disappointed and I wish him to come back as soon as possible, whatever the injury. I know he was injured at the end of the 2022 season.
From what I understand, this is something else. Sometimes it happens that even if you don’t play an official tournament for a long time, your body is not used to this hole in the schedule. As a tennis player, you are always on the move, you play competitively. When you get out of this rhythm, the body can react.
And when you return to the circuit, you can hurt yourself by pushing the machine a little too hard when playing points with more intensity and even during practice matches. It’s unfortunate for him. He is still young, he has time to come back, I hope he will be back on the circuit soon. »