Novak Djokovic claims Australian Open celebrations were limited due to prior commitments and ‘doping control’

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic clinched the Australian Open 2023 home as he leveled Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam tally of 22 but his celebration was cut short due to ‘doping control’ and further inconveniences.

After dominating throughout the tournament, Djokovic faced the Stefanos Tsitsipas barrier in the final to make history and the no. 1 Tennis powerhouse has passed the Greek challenge with ease.

Djokovic beat the current world number 3 in straight sets of 6-3, 7(7)-6(4), 7(7)-6(5) and got emotional after the win as he went on to his knees and burst into tears of joy with his family was in attendance in the stand.

This win in Australia seemed special to Djokovic as the tennis sensation equaled the total number of Grand Slam wins with his nemesis Rafael Nadal after previously leaving the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer behind.

However, a lunatic celebration after a historic win was cut short due to a few reasons and the record holder said, “It (the celebration) didn’t happen in a proper manner. With media, and with doping control. (At) 3am is when I went back to the accommodation. It was a long night.”

Djokovic is having a busy schedule to maneuver as he was seen parading the Norman Brooks challenge cup at the garden of Government House in Melbourne after winning his 10th Australian Open.

The superstar revealed the joy of playing on the Australian surface and winning the historic trophy here is always a special feeling for him. Talking about a proper celebration to be performed, the Serbian said, “Ending a tournament and a whole journey here to Australia with a grand slam win is always incredibly satisfying. I didn’t have the chance yet to celebrate as much as I would like to. I guess that’s going to come in Europe.”

Novak Djokovic has been through a hamstring injury all the way during the tournament and the 22 times Grand Slam winner will look for an immediate check-up with doctors and evaluate the seriousness of the injury.

“I’m not sure, I’m going to do some medical check-ups in the next few days. Then I’ll be able to talk about it a bit more and understand the situation.”- Djokovic concluded.

Djokovic will fly to Dubai by the end of February to participate in the Dubai Tennis Championships as a preparation for the Sunshine double for Indian wells and Miami, but he will have a blast of a party for sure before that.


Salah Uddin Rafi

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Sports Content Writer. Covering F1, Tennis, Naskar and mostly Soccer. Graduated from Jahangirnagar University. A game of football is relentlessly uncompromised because passion runs thick through the veins.


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