Australian Open: Novak Djokovic’s participation uncertain | Tennis News

All players participating in the Australian Open must be vaccinated or provide proof of medical exemption; “If Novak shows up for the Australian Open, he will be vaccinated or have a medical exemption,” said tournament director Craig Tiley.

Last updated: 22/12/21 12:55


Djokovic has previously expressed hesitation in the vaccine but could get medical exemption to play in the Australian Open

The organizers of the Australian Open still don’t know if reigning champion Novak Djokovic will play in next month’s tournament.

The N. 1 of the world, which has won the tournament nine times, has repeatedly refused to say whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, after previously expressing hesitation about the vaccine.

All players competing at Melbourne Park must be vaccinated or provide proof of medical exemption, but this will not be made public.

There has been some anger in Australia over the idea that Djokovic could secure an exemption to play.

Reigning Australia Open champion Novak Djokovic says he has yet to decide whether he will compete in next year's tournament after it has been confirmed that vaccinations against Covid-19 are necessary for players.

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Reigning Australia Open champion Novak Djokovic says he has yet to decide whether he will compete in next year’s tournament after it has been confirmed that vaccinations against Covid-19 are necessary for players.

Reigning Australia Open champion Novak Djokovic says he has yet to decide whether he will compete in next year’s tournament after it has been confirmed that vaccinations against Covid-19 are necessary for players.

Speaking to the media in Melbourne, tournament director Craig Tiley said: “Everyone who enters is vaccinated and there will be a small percentage – a very small percentage – who will have a medical exemption.

“So if any player, fan (or) workforce is on site here, you are vaccinated or have a medical exemption that has been approved and are enrolled in the Australian Immunization Register. This provides us with security and an extra level of convenience. on site.

“If Novak shows up at the Australian Open, he will be vaccinated or have a medical exemption. (It’s) his choice based on his medical condition, it’s his choice to keep him personal and private as we all would with whatever conditions we may or may not. we can have.

“We will not force him or ask him to reveal it.”

Tiley expressed confidence that Rafael Nadal, who is currently in solitary confinement with the coronavirus as he contemplates his return to tour following a foot problem, will be in Melbourne.

Former world number one Rafael Nadal tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week

Former world number one Rafael Nadal tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week

The full number of spectators is also expected at Melbourne Park, but all players will be staying in a hotel again to try to reduce the risk of them catching or spreading the coronavirus in the community.

With Omicron variant rates on the rise around the world, there are major concerns that the opening of the new season’s Grand Slam, which begins January 17th, may be severely affected.

Nadal, his coach Carlos Moya and fellow players Belinda Bencic and Ons Jabeur all announced positive tests for Covid 19 after playing at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week.

Emma Raducanu had already been excluded from the tournament and forced to isolate herself in Abu Dhabi after testing positive before her match.

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