Novak Djokovic is facing a penalty from the Australian Open after the world No. 1 advised anti-vaxxers to ‘get jabbed or else.’
Due to his anti-vaxxer stance, NOVAK DJOKOVIC may be barred from competing in the Australian Open.
The Serbian is adamant about not getting vaccinated, but he’s been cautioned that getting inoculated will offer him ‘the best chance to play.’
Players were obliged to quarantine before of this year’s event in Melbourne, but they have been able to move around the world pretty freely since then.
Martin Pakula, Victoria’s sports minister, has warned tennis stars that if they haven’t been vaccinated, they risk being barred from competing in the grand slam in January.
He stated, ” “I’d get inoculated if I were an ATP or WTA player.
“That will offer them the best chance to compete in the Australian Open with the fewest constraints possible.
“I don’t know whether or not unvaccinated persons are allowed into Australia at all.
“That will, I believe, be a topic of discussion among the national cabinet and the federal cabinet.
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“As for the rules that may apply around the Australian Open in particular, we’re talking to Tennis Australia and the Department of Health about that.”
The Victorian government has mandated vaccinations for all permitted workers, including athletes.
Tennis Australia is yet to reveal anything about the 2022 Open’s goals and restrictions.
Djokovic, on the other hand, has already declared his aversion to mandatory vaccinations.
“I’m opposed to vaccination, and I wouldn’t want to be compelled to take a vaccine in order to travel,” the world No. 1 remarked in April 2020.
Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most major slams (20).
And, because it’s unknown how the Australian authorities would handle foreign players, Djokovic may not be able to break the record and reach number 21.
If he is able to play, the Serb will almost certainly be the favorite.
Approximately half of the ATP and WTA tour players had been properly immunized before the US Open in August.
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