Djokovic’s elbow injury, Nadal’s hip and back pain The two men who dominated
’emergency’ men’s tennis ahead of the French Open next month
are suffering from injuries. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia) gave up participating in the Madrid Open, one of the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) Masters 1000 Series tournaments to be held next week due to elbow pain.
Major foreign media such as the British BBC and Reuters reported on the 23rd that Djokovic withdrew from the Madrid Open to be held in Madrid, Spain on the 27th due to a right elbow injury.먹튀검증
“The condition of his right elbow is not ideal,” Djokovic said ahead of the Sprska Open, currently in progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In fact, Djokovic, who was not in perfect physical condition after wearing a compression band on his right elbow, scored a set score of 0-2 (4-6 6-7 < 6-8) to fellow Doosan Rayovic (33rd, 70th) in the quarterfinals of this tournament. >) on his knees. It is the first time in 11 years since 2012 that Djokovic has lost to a player from Serbia.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal (37, Spain, 14th), who shares the record for most major championships (22) with Djokovic, also announced on his social media on the 20th that he would not participate in the Madrid Open. Nadal has been sidelined since suffering hip and back injuries at the Australian Open, his first major tournament of the season. He said, “It was predicted that the aftereffects of the injury would last for about 6 to 8 weeks, but now I am suffering for the 14th week. He hasn’t fully recovered yet, and I don’t know when he’ll be able to return to the court.”
The two, competing for the title of the best tennis players of all time, are ahead of the second major tournament of the season, the French Open. The French Open will be held on the 28th of next month. If Djokovic or Nadal reach the top in this tournament, they can beat themselves to the top spot with the most wins in major tournaments. This is why the two players have no choice but to keep an eye on the French Open.
However, if their injuries are prolonged, a ‘red flag’ may be turned on for the French Open. Djokovic won the French Open twice (2016, 2021), and Nadal is a legend who lifted the trophy 14 times (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-20, 2022) at the French Open alone.
However, Djokovic is very resilient, so there is a high possibility that he will regain his best condition and participate in the French Open. He has also demonstrated superhuman strength in major tournaments. In fact, at the Australian Open last January, he complained of a hamstring muscle injury in his left leg, but wore a white compression bandage on his left leg throughout the tournament and eventually came out on top. After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic said, “The major tournament trophy is the biggest driving force for me.” Nadal, who holds the record for the most wins in a single major tournament at the French Open, is also said to have a strong will to participate.
It remains to be seen how healthy and when the two players, who have entered their twilight years as tennis players, can return.