Novak Djokovic pulls out of Australian Open match with Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic is welcome at Australian Open, says tournament director; Russian and Belarusian players can compete in Australia Open (Video) The Australian Open announced Monday that Novak Djokovic will be competing in the tournament…

Novak Djokovic pulls out of Australian Open match with Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic is welcome at Australian Open, says tournament director; Russian and Belarusian players can compete in Australia Open (Video)

The Australian Open announced Monday that Novak Djokovic will be competing in the tournament for the first time in 11 years, and on Tuesday he had to pull out of his match with Roger Federer, the world’s best tennis player and a three-time grand slam champion. The reason? Djokovic says he had injured his Achilles tendon and was therefore not in condition to compete.

Djokovic will play the Australian Open as a wild card athlete. And on Tuesday, he had to make an announcement about how serious he was hurt: Djokovic says he had injured his Achilles and therefore could not compete.

I really hope his intentions were genuine. He is an icon and I would like to see him participate in his first grand slam event in 11 years.

The Australian Open tournament said that it had received no injury complaints from Djokovic before Monday’s match, but Djokovic’s manager, Ivan Lendl, made a statement saying that Djokovic was not injured and that he would be there for the match. Lendl also said that Djokovic would be competing at the Australian Open as a wild card athlete.

On Tuesday morning, when Lendl announced Djokovic’s withdrawal, he did so not by directly addressing the injury but with an announcement that the ATP would not allow any Russian or Belarusian player at the Australian Open, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. After the initial statement, Lendl then said that, for now, he couldn’t say exactly why Australian tennis authorities had not accepted his request for a wild card athlete.

Lendl said Djokovic was “hurt in the back and has to rest today for sure.”

“It wasn’t anything that he has to do or anything that needs special attention,” said Lendl. “He’s had a back ailing for a couple of

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