Novak Djokovic says the spate of injuries at the Australian Open ‘is not normal’ and tennis must start discussing solutions to keep the ATP Tour going.
Players had to come through a mandatory 14-day quarantine before the tennis could start in Australia, although that severely hampered players in terms of their preparation.
Djokovic is one of several players who have battled muscle injuries at the tournament so far, with Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov able to fight through them to some extent.
Others, though, such as Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud have been forced to withdraw, and Djokovic believes the issue of player safety must be up for discussion.
“What we are seeing is not normal,” Djokovic said of the spate of injuries at the Australian Open.
“Top players are the best prepared. Sascha, Dimitrov, Berrettini, Rafa… It has to do with the circumstances and the quarantine. For some it was tougher than me.
“I can’t complain but it has a physical impact on players. We are hoping that it’s temporary.
“But majority of the players don’t want to go ahead of the season if we have to do quarantines all the seasons. I’m waiting for some answers.
“The situation is not good for the players in terms of well being. I heard a lot of complains.
“I’m not pointing the finger on anyone. It’s just reality. We have to talk about it.”
“The physical condition of players is key. We have to address it quickly because the season has already started.”
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