No.1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, but whether he will compete in the January Australian Open is still a mystery.
Djokovic’s withdrawal from the men’s event in Sydney comes amid an anti-vaccination stand-off, with the Serbian superstar refusing to reveal his status amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tennis Australia and the Victorian government are adamant in their position that any player competing in the Australian Open should be doubly vaccinated.
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Djokovic has stated on several occasions that his vaccination status is a “personal” matter.
Earlier this month, Djokovic’s father gave the most telling hint yet that the 20-time single major champion had not been vaccinated.
“They have to decide if they want to let Novak in,” Srdjan Djokovic said on Serbian television.
“If they decide (not to let him in), they must stand behind their decision.
“He’s won the Australian Open nine times, he now wants to play, but they have to allow him to play.
“Novak will do what he thinks is best for him; no one will impose an opinion on him.”
Australian tennis giant Todd Woodbridge whispered earlier this month as Tennis Australia tried to find a loophole to get Djokovic in.
“There have been some people who have said that Tennis Australia is looking for loopholes to get him in,” Woodbridge told Nine’s. TODAY.
“It’s absolute nonsense, it can not happen, it is the government that is making these rules and they will decide whether he can come in or not.”
Djokovic is on par with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on record 20 single grand slam victories.
Tennis Australia said in a statement that the top-ranked Serbian team would be led by world number 33, Dusan Lajovic.
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