Novak Djokovic could be barred from competing in the Australian Open, giving Federer and Nadal the upper hand.
Novak Djokovic had a fantastic year in 2021, but he may be kept out of the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic could be banned from the Australian Open, giving his opponents a better chance to win the next Grand Slam. Djokovic has won three of the four Majors in 2021, but he may miss out on another after losing at the US Open last month.
Earlier this year, Djokovic won the Australian Open and then the French Open.
In July, the 34-year-old completed an outstanding year by defeating Matteo Berrettini in a thrilling Wimbledon final. With his triumph at the All England Club, he equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles.
However, Djokovic’s form has recently deteriorated. He lost in the Olympics semi-finals to Alexander Zverev before losing in the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.
Due to his anti-vaccine stance, he may not be able to compete in the Australian Open in January.
A debate between tennis officials and Australian lawmakers is expected to break out over the topic of Coronavirus vaccines.
The Victorian government looks to be leaning toward making vaccines mandatory for players.
Tennis Australia president Craig Tiley, on the other hand, is thought to be hesitant to comply because numerous top players are reportedly vaccine-averse.
“Tiley stated we wouldn’t get great players, and the state government simply said’suck it up,’ [and]they capitulated,” a person familiar with the talks told The Age.
Djokovic, the world No. 1, is thought to be one of the players on the tour who hasn’t been vaccinated. Before the French Open, he hinted about it.
“That isn’t something I believe will happen. I sincerely hope not, because I’ve always believed in individual liberty “When asked if obligatory vaccines were a possibility, Djokovic told reporters in April.
“And I’m going to keep my decision about whether or not to get vaccinated to myself; it’s a personal decision, and I don’t want to engage into this game of pro and con vaccines that the media has sadly created these days.”
“I don’t want to be labeled as someone who is either anti-vaccine or pro-vaccine.
“I’m not going to respond to the question, and I hope everyone understands.””
Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has done so. “Brinkwire News Summary.”