Novak Djokovic: Jamie Murray questions Australian Open exemption given to world number one over vaccination | Tennis News

The Australian Open announced Tuesday that Djokovic had been granted a medical exemption, which would allow him to play in this year’s tournament; rules in Victoria, where the tournament will start on January 17, stated that players must be vaccinated twice

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Jamie Murray has questioned Australian Open decision to grant Novak Djokovic medical exemption from vaccination for tournament

Jamie Murray has questioned Australian Open decision to grant Novak Djokovic medical exemption from vaccination for tournament

Jamie Murray has questioned the decision to grant world number one Novak Djokovic a medical exemption from Covid-19 vaccination to compete in the Australian Open.

Djokovic, vying for his tenth title at Melbourne Park later this month, was cleared to play the first major of the year Tuesday by Tennis Australia.

The governing body had ruled that all participants had to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a medical exemption granted by a group of independent experts.

Djokovic was cleared to play in the Australian Open

Djokovic was cleared to play in the Australian Open

The panel would be comprised of physicians from the fields of immunology, infectious disease and general medicine and the process was agreed in collaboration with the Victoria Department of Health.

Seven-time double Grand Slam champion Murray said it would be difficult for him to get a similar exemption had he been in the Serbian’s place.

“I mean, I don’t know what to say about it … I think if I hadn’t been vaccinated, I wouldn’t have gotten an exemption,” the Briton said during the ATP Cup in Sydney.

“But kudos to him for making it clear to come to Australia and compete.”

Murray (left) is in action this week for Great Britain at the ATP Cup

Murray (left) is in action this week for Great Britain at the ATP Cup

British captain Liam Broady said there was no choice but to trust Djokovic had a compelling reason to ask for an exemption.

Broady also posted on social media in response to confirming Djokovic’s participation, writing: “The second AO announced there would be exemptions 8 weeks ago, we all knew that.”

Victory at the Australian Open, which kicks off on January 17, will give Djokovic his 21st major title, one more than the joint record he shares with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

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