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“I Still Don’t Know if I Will Go to Melbourne”- Novak Djokovic Casts Doubt Over His Participation in the Australian Open 2022

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is the man for the moment. The Serbian has won a total of 20 grand slams. His hunger to win more has not stopped as he aims to rewrite the history books. The world’s number 1 player had an exceptional year as he won three grand slams. He fell just one step short of winning the final grand slam of the year, the US Open. He was defeated in the final by Daniil Medvedev. The Russian laid his hands on his first-ever grand slam triumph.

Recently, the governing bodies in Australia are thinking of making it mandatory for the players to have their double dose completed if they wish to participate in the next year’s most prestigious Australian Open. This leaves players with no option other than to have their vaccination completed.

When the same question was asked to Novak Djokovic, he left the audience in complete doubt over his participation in the tournament next year. What did he say? Here’s everything that you need to know.

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic on the vaccination process

As already mentioned, it is now mandatory for the players to have their vaccination completed or they will be denied their respective visas to travel into the country. When Novak Djokovic was asked about the same question he said that it was a private question and he would not want to discuss this. 

The defending champion has thus left his fans in doubt over his participation in the tournament next year. Novak is on a break after a defeat in the final of the US Open. “Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,” Djokovic told the online edition of Serbian daily Blic. “I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.” said the Serbian.

“People go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person. Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I am thinking about it, they will take advantage.”Of course, I want to go, Australia is my most successful Grand Slam tournament. I want to compete, I love this sport and I am still motivated,” commented Novak. 

 

Novak further said, “I am following the situation regarding the Australian Open and I understand the final decision (on COVID-related restrictions) will be made in two weeks. I believe there will be a lot of restrictions just like this year, but I doubt there will be too many changes.“My manager, who is in contact with the Australian Tennis Federation, tells me they are trying to improve the conditions for everyone, both for those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.”