Novak Djokovic Gives an Update on His Palm Blister Ahead of ATP Cup 2021

Published 01/31/2021, 6:30 AM EST
KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks on Crandon Park beach after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic fascinates fans by displaying his exquisite quality of tennis. In the last decade, the Serb has created an identity for himself even with the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal around. From the 2011 season onwards, Novak has won sixteen Majors on Tour. 

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Coming to the current season, the World No. 1 headlined the exhibition event ‘A Day at the Drive’ in Adelaide. However, he pulled out of his match due to a blister on his palm. Djokovic later finished the match, as he stepped on the court after the first set was played.

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Novak Djokovic admits he’s been able to practice normally

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Recently, the Serb provided an update regarding his injury. “I have been able to practice normally in the last few days, it is not an issue at all,” Djokovic said.

This news will be a boost for his fans and Serbia as he will lead them at the ATP Cup. In its inaugural season last year, Serbia won the competition. During the event, Novak beat Rafael Nadal, which led to a decider to be played in a doubles match. In that match, Djokovic partnered Viktor Troicki to beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez. 

Following the ATP Cup, Novak will be seen at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season. He is the defending champion there having beaten Austria’s Dominic Thiem in a sensational five-set thriller final in 2020. It was his 17th Grand Slam title and a record 8th championship at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)
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Reflecting on the current season, organizers have done a commendable job to ensure a Grand Slam event amidst the global pandemic. Tennis Australia had issued strict protocols for players and everyone involved in this event and players were made to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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