Tennis News: According to Dusan Lajovic, Novak Djokovic is hoping to play in the Australian Open

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Source: eurosport.com

Tennis News: According to Serbia teammate Dusan Lajovic, Novak Djokovic is still aiming to compete in the Australian Open.

The world No. 1 has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, which begins on Saturday and in which he was expected to represent his country.

Lajovic will be in charge of that task, but there is still no word on whether Djokovic, the nine-time champion, will defend his title at Melbourne Park next month.

Lajovic remarked at a news conference before the ATP Cup: “Unfortunately, he will not be able to join us, but he was hopeful, as were we, that he would be able to come here in some way. Unfortunately, he isn’t, and we must deal with the consequences.”

“He basically stated he’s not coming to the ATP (Cup) and attempting to get to the Australian Open,” Lajovic said of Djokovic’s prospects of competing in Melbourne.

All players must either be coronavirus-vaccinated or obtain a medical exemption from the Victorian government, which has stringent requirements.

Djokovic has declined to specify whether or not he is vaccinated on multiple occasions, but he has previously expressed vaccination scepticism and has spoken out loudly in support of athletes’ right to choose.

Over the last few days, players have been arriving in Australia and ramping up their preparations for the 2022 season, but with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 sweeping the globe, disruption is certain.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a finalist at the French Open, is the latest player to admit she is isolated after testing positive on arrival in Australia.

Andy Murray, along with defending women’s champion Naomi Osaka, missed the tournament last year due to an ill-timed case of the flu but has been seen practising at Melbourne Park.

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