Vaccination makes him a spanner in the works

The state of Victoria does not want to give unvaccinated players a special permit for the Australian Open. What will happen to Novak Djokovic?

the essentials in brief

  • “We’re not going to apply for a waiver,” says Daniel Andrews.
  • Victoria Prime Minister announces bad news for unvaccinated tennis professionals.
  • Will this also affect Novak Djokovic?

Even at the beginning of the corona pandemic, Novak Djokovic causes trouble. The world number 1 is heavily criticized for carrying out the Adria Tour in June 2020. His comments on vaccination also split spirits.

Should all players be vaccinated at the Australian Open?

Although the 34-year-old is critical, it is not clear whether he is really unvaccinated. Djokovic keeps his vaccination status a secret. Therefore, it is not clear whether he can compete at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The state of Victoria has announced that it will not allow unvaccinated players to participate. “So the matter is basically settled,” says Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.

Djokovic chases Grand Slam Record

Just recently, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave the vaccine opponents and the hesitants a little courage. Entry is therefore possible if unvaccinated people receive an exemption and quarantine for two weeks.

For a majority of professionals, this shouldn’t pose much problems. According to the ATP and the WTA, over 60 percent of the players are vaccinated.

It would be bitter for the «Djoker» if he had to skip the Australian Open of all places. With nine triumphs, the Serb is the record winner in Melbourne.

And by winning his 21st Grand Slam title, he could finally overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (20 each).

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