Top-seeded Novak Djokovic cancelled a training session because of an undisclosed illness or injury on the eve of the Australian Open.
He did not arrive at Melbourne Park to practice until Sunday after suffering a “little bit with the flu and stomach”. He added: “I had a tough couple days but it’s all behind me now. I’m ready.”
A spokesman for the International Tennis Federation, which handles media relations for the ATP Tour at Grand Slam tournaments, said Sunday that Djokovic “was not well” on Saturday and that he cancelled the practice session at Melbourne Park and a pre-event press conference.
Djokovic, has another day of rest before facing Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in round one on Tueday. Bedene, who came through qualifying, is based in the UK and in the process of applying for a British passport, which he hopes could open the door to the Davis Cup team.