Novak Djokovic’s campaign for a record 21st Major at next year’s Australian Open could be in threat if he fails to get vaccinated in time.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic could find himself banned from the Australian Open after a fresh vaccination warning was issued to all players looking to compete. Casey Dellacqua has urged those looking to play in the first Grand Slam of the 2022 season to get vaccinated before arriving in Melbourne for the event. It comes after fears that players will not be allowed to enter the country or tournament if they haven’t been jabbed at all.
Djokovic is already the favourite to lift the title in Melbourne at the beginning of next year.
The world No 1 started his 2021 season by beating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to win his then-18th Major title.
It was the start of a sensational year for the Serb, who went on to put himself on contention for the Calendar Grand Slam by winning the French Open and Wimbledon, but fell at the final hurdle as world No 2 Medvedev got revenge on the top seed at the US Open, defeating Djokovic in straight sets to win his maiden Major title.
Having been denied of the chance to win all four Grand Slams in a single year as well as a record 21st Major, the world No 1 will be hungry to come back stronger at the next big tournament, but he now faces a potential ban from the Australian Open, as organisers have been unable to rule out the possibility of allowing unvaccinated players to enter the event.
It comes as former pro Casey Dellacqua issued a fresh warning to all Aussie Open hopefuls on behalf of Tennis Australia.
“Obviously the landscape is changing here so those conditions we hope will change but we can only let them know what we know now. And that is that the Australian Open will go ahead the last two weeks of January,” she said, appearing on Nine’s Wide World of Sports.
“We know that there will be a bubble leading into that where they’ll have competitive opportunities to play but we can only go on what we know now.”
Unable to rule out the chance that players who refused the vaccine could themselves be refused entry into the. “Brinkwire Summary News”.