Novak Djokovic makes a ‘clear’ statement at the Australian Open, refusing to mimic Rafael Nadal.


Novak Djokovic makes a ‘clear’ statement at the Australian Open, refusing to mimic Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic could be forced to withdraw from the Australian Open next year.

Novak Djokovic will not be permitted to compete in the Australian Open next year unless he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to tournament officials. Djokovic has remained tight-lipped about whether he has been stabbed.

Unvaccinated players will be prevented from competing in the Australian Open, according to government officials in the state of Victoria.

There will be no exceptions, according to event director Craig Tiley, who is also the chief executive of Tennis Australia.

“There’s a lot of conjecture about vaccination, and just to be clear, we made that known to the playing group when the [state]Premier indicated that everyone on site will need to be vaccinated,” Tiley said on Saturday.

“[Novak] has stated that he regards this as a personal concern. We’d love to have Novak here, but he’s aware that he’ll need to get vaccinated to play.” Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times in total, including the last three.

The 34-year-old is presently tied with Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal at the top of the all-time Grand Slam rankings.

All three players have won 20 majors, but Djokovic, who is the youngest of the three and is rated number one in the world, appears to be the best-positioned to leapfrog his opponents.

Nadal has previously announced that he has been inoculated and will be in Melbourne on January 17 when the event begins.

Djokovic, on the other hand, will not follow the Spaniard’s lead and declare his immunization status.

He told reporters last week, “Freedom of choice is fundamental for everyone, whether it’s me or someone else.”

“It makes no difference whether it’s about immunization or anything else in life. You should be able to make your own decisions and pick what you want to do. In this situation, it’s about what you’d like to put in your body.

“I’ve always been a proponent of that and a supporter of freedom of choice, and I’ll continue to be a supporter of that because freedom is vital for a happy and prosperous life,” she says.

Djokovic won his first Australian Open title in 2008, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the final.

Since then, he has dominated the competition, defeating Andy Murray of the United Kingdom in four finals in the last decade.

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