Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner train on the Wimbledon Centre Court

The Serb and the Italian were the first to train on Center Court at Wimbledon this year

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner train on the Wimbledon Centre Court

Last year, Wimbledon organizers ended one of the tournament's longest traditions. The Centre Court of the All England Club was in fact opened for the first time for some training sessions with the aim of slightly consuming the grass beyond the baseline and making the lawn less treacherous in the first days of official competition.

This year, Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner inaugurated the Centre Court. The two had an intense training session. The Serbian has repeatedly complimented Sinner for certain top player plays. In 2022, the honor was instead due to Matteo Berrettini, who trained with Rafael Nadal.

Novak has a great target for this edition: to win Wimbledon will mean to match Roger Federer's record. The Swiss Meastro is the player in the men's singles who won more titles, 8, the last of which in 2017, against Marin Cilic.

Djokovic won the last thtree edition of the London Slam: 2019 against Federer, in 2021 against Matteo Berrettini and in 2022 against Nick Kyrgios.

Sinner and Djokovic on the eve of Wimbledon 2023

Djokovic has decided not to participate in any official tournament before Wimbledon, but will take the field at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic and will challenge the American Frances Tiafoe.

Sinner, on the other hand, played the tournaments in 's-Hertogenbosch and Halle. In both cases he stopped in the quarterfinals, but in Germany he scared all the fans of him. The Italian retired early in the second set against Alexander Bublik with a leg problem.

The exams, fortunately, did not reveal any injury and Sinner will play Wimbledon regularly. Sinner wrote omn his Instagram account: "Thank you Halle for the opportunity to play last week. Hope to see you next year. It's never easy to retire but I had to do what was right for my body at the time.

After a few days of rest and consulting my doctor, I'm happy to share that I'll be fit and ready for Wimbledon."

Novak Djokovic Jannik Sinner Centre Court