Aussie Alex de Minaur suffered a brutal loss against Serbian Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the 2023 Australian Open. Novak won the pass to the quarter-finals and shocked the tennis world. Recently, he has been talking about a severe hamstring injury. However, his brilliant performance on the court has raised doubts about the credibility of the injury. In his post-match interview, De Minaur was asked about his stance on this debacle.
The Australian player did not reply directly but hinted at the allegations claiming Djokovic is faking the injury. According to Alex, Djokovic’s hamstring looked “good.” He also made sarcastic comments during his reply, to which the tennis community has reacted on Twitter. The adverse reactions to this comment from Djokovic’s fans and the support for this comment from the other part of the tennis community have made this issue more confusing than ever.
Alex De Minaur fans will not let Novak Djokovic live it down
In a tweet by “Olly_Tennis_,” fans have not been shy at all to express their candid opinions about Djokovic’s injury.
While some have called Alex a sore loser, most comments side with him, accusing Nole of faking the hamstring injury since Adelaide.
De Minaur on Novak’s hamstring:
“I think everyone’s kind of seeing what’s been happening over the couple of weeks. It’s the only thing everyone’s been talking about. Either I’m not a good enough tennis player to expose that, or it looked good to me”
— Olly 🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Tennis_) January 23, 2023
Some tennis fans have questioned the credibility of the people who thought that Novak’s injury was real. In their opinion, these people must be new to tennis.
Did people really think that was a real injury??
— enfant terrible. (@nemisixx) January 23, 2023
ppl believed he was genuinely injured? lololol. are they new tennis heads? https://t.co/kkuld6CCwy
— C ⁸⁸⁸ (@thediscomonkey) January 23, 2023
SHAME HIM ALEX https://t.co/y6P9w1p1Jb
— Silvi 🌷 (@eritropoietina_) January 23, 2023
Fans have put their reactions as bluntly as possible about Novak’s injury. Some have also resorted to derogatory language against World No 5.
Yup! Hamstring my ass!
— 🇺🇦 🏳️🌈Tennis Mobes #Labour 🌹🇬🇧 (@tennismobes) January 23, 2023
None of this is shocking or surprising! Sadly this universe rewards c*nts like djk! https://t.co/zlFa6FRkEt
— RogerFedererStanForever❤️🥺 (@SampadaMoghe) January 23, 2023
Fans have expressed their comments through sarcasm too. A fan pointed out that if Nole’s injury is as bad as he claims, why haven’t the talks of his retirement come along already?
I’m surprised no one asked him if he was retiring from the match for the ‘injury’
— aRNi (@Arni_Abd) January 23, 2023
Another tennis enthusiast is sure that if a newbie watched Nole’s performance today, they would have said he is perfectly fine judging by his brilliant performance.
Anyone who hasn’t watched tennis recently and then watched tonight, could tell Nole’s injury is fake. I tried to give him benefit of the doubt. But he doesn’t deserve. https://t.co/0vg0jQ8Ccc
— Tahseen Kamal, Ph.D. (ANU), FHEA (@tkamal16) January 23, 2023
On the other hand, Djokovic fans have shown their loyalty and belief in their idol and defended him, calling Alex the sore loser.
This mouse is bitter af. https://t.co/f5ITjeKwXb
— ً (@ashishxx__) January 23, 2023
Spot on you are an absolute fraud to the point you get spanked by an old crippled man in front of your own audience😹😹😹 https://t.co/OCEbNgldCp
— GoldinTold 🇦🇷🇹🇷 (@GoldinTold) January 23, 2023
Whatever the situation may be, the tennis world sure has found a raging controversy to hype up the 2023 Australian Open more than ever!
Boris Becker on Djokovic’s injury
Recently, Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker spoke to Eurosport about the Serb’s injury. In Becker’s opinion, there is nothing fake about it. Having coached Djokovic for three years, he claims that Novak would never lie about something.
He even went so far as to state how Novak’s performance is now based on priority shots rather than accumulating both small and big points. Due to the injury, as Becker claims, Novak is giving his all for the scoring shots and taking it easy on the minor ones.
What do you think? Is Djokovic faking his injury to lull his opponents into a false sense of security on the court?