Alex de Minaur’s awful double blow as Wimbledon fans left fuming over Novak Djokovic

Alex de Minaur's awful double blow as Wimbledon fans left fuming over Novak Djokovic
Alex de Minaur's awful double blow as Wimbledon fans left fuming over Novak Djokovic

Alex de Minaur’s awful double blow as Wimbledon fans left fuming over Novak Djokovic

Alex de Minaur not only had to pull out of Wimbledon before facing Novak Djokovic, but it also

looks like he won’t be in the Olympics later this month.

Alex de Minaur's awful double blow as Wimbledon fans left fuming over Novak Djokovic
Alex de Minaur’s awful double blow as Wimbledon fans left fuming over Novak Djokovic

The Australian tennis player said on Wednesday night that he was unable to play against Djokovic

due to a hip ailment he sustained during his fourth-round victory over Arthur Fils.

When De Minaur was lunging for a volley against Fils on match point, he heard a “crack.” Imaging

tests showed that he had a rare hip injury. Although the physicians were unable to provide the new World No. 6 with a precise time limit for his absence from competition, they initially estimated that

he would be absent for three to six weeks.

It appears that his hopes of competing at the Olympics will be dashed once more when the Paris

Games begin in just two weeks. De Minaur decided not to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Games

because of the Covid-19 problem.

“I’m devastated but I had to pull out due to a hip injury, a little tear of the fibre cartilage that kind

of is at the end or connects to the adductor,” he said. “During the final three points of my match

against Fils, I heard a loud snap. A scan yesterday verified the injury and showed that I would likely aggravate it if I returned to the court.

“Because my injury is so unusual, they haven’t been able to offer me an exact time frame for recuperation. Depending on how rapidly my body heals, it may be anywhere from three to six

weeks away from now. The issue with me playing was that I was taking too much of a chance

because one slip, one strain, or anything else might cause this injury to worsen and take four

months to heal.”

De Minaur is scheduled to compete in singles and doubles at the Olympics, although Alexei Popyrin’s partner may need to be replaced by someone else for the Australian squad. “I’ve been fretting and waiting to see the results for the past two days. It could have been worse in the big picture, he conceded.

“I’ve had trouble falling asleep for the past few days. Walking, I just wish I could wake up and feel it a little less, or at least be able to go to the court. However, I believe it would be almost impolite of me to not challenge someone like Novak on the court almost entirely.

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