Tennis legend John McEnroe in a recent interview mentioned Novak Djokovic as the favorite while naming his contenders for the 2024 Australian Open title.
The season’s first major is set to kick off with the main draw on January 14 and all eyes will be on Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and the World No.1. He will start his campaign against Dino Prizmic in the first round.
His exceptional performances in 2023, securing three Grand Slams and reaching the final in all four majors, have solidified his position entering the tournament. Carlos Alcaraz proved to be the only threat to the Serbian last year, defeating him at the 2023 Wimbledon Open finals.
John McEnroe while speaking to Eurosport, mentioned Djokovic’s incredible form and unparalleled achievements considering his age.
“He[Djokovic] looks incredible, last year was monumental at his age, to be that great still. Maybe we’re not sure about his wrist and if he’s 100% right now but that happened the last two years. He still won both years despite perceived injuries.”-John McEnroe in an interview with Eurosport
McEnroe further highlighted the necessity of opponents to possess huge belief to overcome Djokovic, considering him the best player both mentally and physically.
“Technically he’s the best player I’ve seen: mentally, physically. Unless you have the real belief in your head that you can beat him, you’ve got no chance at all.”-John McEnroe in an interview with Eurosport
Novak Djokovic is the most successful player in the history of the Australian Open. The Serbian has 10 Australian Open titles out of his overall tally of 24. He has never lost in the finals with a 10-0 record.
Steve Smith stuns Novak Djokovic with tennis prowess in charity exhibition
Novak Djokovic was left in awe by Steve Smit during an exhibition event ahead of the Australian Open where the cricketer flaunted his tennis skills. Sharing a tennis court together for the first time, Smith showed his competitive skills in front of the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena.
Steve Smith was among the many stars who joined Novak Djokovic in one of the charity matches organized ahead of the Australian Open starting January 14. Novak Djokovic came out with a gentle serve against Smith, but the Australia cricketer used his skills to hit a return that landed safely inside the court. The Serb lauded him and bowed down to the return shot from Smith. Djokovic also tried his hands at cricket but was not able to replicate Smith’s tennis skills.