Fears are mounting that Novak Djokovic could be forced to withdraw from the Australian Open after another scheduled practice session last night was reportedly cancelled.
Djokovic, gunning for his tenth crown in Melbourne, has been battling a hamstring injury suffered during the Adelaide International a week ago.
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Tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg suggested “a few” sessions had been cut short or axed entirely over the last week.
He wrote “concern (was) mounting” over Djokovic’s participation.
Djokovic eventually hit the courts later but his left hamstring was heavily strapped.
“I’ve been struggling with (the hamstring) a bit, to be honest, the last seven days,” Djokovic said on Saturday.
“But it’s hopefully not the major concern. So far I’ve been able to train, compete and play points, practice sets. Obviously, I’m being a bit more cautious.
“I’m not going full out on the training sessions, conserving the energy for next week. Hopefully it won’t cause an issue for me then.”
Djokovic is scheduled to open his campaign tonight against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena on Rod Laver Arena.
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