Novak Djokovic shakes off his fears of injury at the Australian Open in the warm-up match against Nick Kyrgios

Novak Djokovic shakes off injury fears with a SHUFFLE as the tennis superstar puts on a show in a show match with Nick Kyrgios ahead of the Australian Open

  • Novak Djokovic cleared doubts about his fitness ahead of the Australian Open
  • The Serb stopped a training session due to a problem with his hamstring
  • However, he returned to the court for an exhibition match on Friday
  • The tennis superstar took on Australian star Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic allayed any doubts about his fitness after slipping on his dancing shoes during an entertaining spectacle with Nick Kyrgios.

Djokovic, 35, sparked concern among tennis fans after finishing a training session earlier this week when his coach was seen in Melbourne tending to a hamstring problem.

The Serb is aiming to win his 10th Australian Open title this year and it seems the fitness concerns won’t stop him from reaching that milestone.

Novak Djokovic put on a show as he returned to Melbourne for an exhibition match

Novak Djokovic put on a show as he returned to Melbourne for an exhibition match

The 35-year-old had raised concerns about injuries after reports of a problematic left Achilles tendon

The 35-year-old had raised concerns about injuries after reports of a problematic left Achilles tendon

However, the Serb seemed to dispel any doubts with an entertaining performance

However, the Serb seemed to dispel any doubts with an entertaining performance

Djokovic stepped out at Rod Laver Arena on Friday and was seen with duct tape on his left leg, but that didn’t stop him putting on a show in a fun exhibition match with Australian star Kyrgios.

Kyrgios’ fitness was also in question as the 27-year-old retired from the United Cup and Adelaide International, two key warm-up tournaments ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.

He was reportedly struggling with an ankle but the Australian appeared to move freely in a two-set match that ended in a tie.

Djokovic faced Australian superstar Nick Kyrgios in a straight-set exhibition match

Djokovic faced Australian superstar Nick Kyrgios in a straight-set exhibition match

All discount tickets to the exhibition which are $20 (ca saw the number of Serbian flags in the crowd.

After stepping onto the pitch, the nine-time champion said: “I’m very happy. Thank you very much. I’m feeling a little bit emotional. I was looking forward to returning to this dish.’

Djokovic and Kyrgios both wore mics and played in front of the crowd, who praised their antics.

Kyrgios withdrew from two warm-up events but appeared to be in good form ahead of the Grand Slam

Kyrgios withdrew from two warm-up events but appeared to be in good form ahead of the Grand Slam

Afterwards, Djokovic said: “It just feels great to be back in Australia, back in Melbourne. This is the court where I created the best memories of my tennis career.”

Kyrgios was one of the few players to stand up for Djokovic in the dispute over his vaccination status last year, thawing a frosty relationship.

“It’s just so important to have him with you,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t think we realized how special these guys are to our sport.”

Both men, who could face each other on the same pitch in the quarter-finals, start their campaigns on Tuesday, Djokovic against Roberto Carballes Baena while Kyrgios takes on Roman Safiullin.

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