Tennis News: Novak Djokovic is unsure about competing in the Australian Open due to the Covid-19 vaccination requirement

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Source: Skysports

Tennis News: Novak Djokovic has declined to announce whether he will compete in the Australian Open after it was revealed that players will be required to be vaccinated in order to enter the tournament.

The world number one, who has previously expressed reservations about vaccination, responded to a question regarding his presence in Melbourne with a brief: “We’ll see.”

When pressed further, Djokovic stated, “I haven’t been talking to them.” I was just waiting to find out what the news would be. We’ll just have to wait and see now that I know.”

The 34-year-old spoke out against vaccine mandates again this week, stating, “Freedom of choice is crucial for everyone, whether it’s me or someone else.”

“It makes no difference whether it’s immunisation or anything else in life. You should have the ability to pick what you wish to do. In this scenario, what you want to put into your body.”

Djokovic was saying after losing in the semi-finals to Alexander Zverev in Turin, which ruined his quest for a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals championship.

Zverev, a close friend of Djokovic, hopes the incumbent champion will be permitted to play at Melbourne Park but respects Victoria’s prerogative to set its own rules.

“We must adhere to the norms and guidelines.” I’m hoping he’ll be able to play. I’m ranked third in the world, so if he doesn’t play, I’ll have an easier time winning the event. This is self-evident. He’s also the world’s number one, so he should be there.

“Hopefully, the Australian government will make an exception or do all they can to allow him to participate there.”

Djokovic, who hasn’t won the ATP Finals since 2015, had cruised to the final four without dropping a set.

However, third seed Zverev, who destroyed the world No. 1’s ambitions of completing a Grand Slam by defeating him at the Olympics in Tokyo, played a magnificent match to win 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3.

On Sunday, the 2018 champion will face last year’s winner Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Norwegian rookie Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2.

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