With Australia still in a tight lockdown, Novak Djokovic is unsure what his status will be in attending the event.
Djokovic, who has been against the vaccine, might have to do a full hard quarantine if he was to travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open in January.
Rumors has been circulating that the Australian government will allow players to come to Melbourne and those vaccinated will be allowed to practice. The unvaccinated — like Djokovic — would face the full quarantine.
“I’m going to decide on whether I go to Australia or not after I see the official statement from Tennis Australia,” Djokovic said Sunday in Paris. “Right now we don’t have any official announcement or statement. So until that’s out, I won’t be talking about this anymore, because, you know, I don’t want to be part of the stories about the assumptions and what-ifs.
“When official condition requirements to travel to Australia and play in Australia are out, then obviously I’ll see what I personally do with that, and also the bigger group of the players, you know, because the situation is obviously different in Australia than most parts of the world.”
Djokovic has won nine Australian Opens including the last three. He is also in a deadlock at 20 Slams with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. If he went to Melbourne he would be the favorite to take a 10th title and break the tie with his rivals.
There’s a lot at stake.
And this week, the Serb is also battling Daniil Medvedev for the year-end No. 1. So after a mentally draining summer, there’s no rest for Djokovic.
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