Novak Djokovic WILL be at Australian Open due to ‘exemption permission’
Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will be playing at the Australian Open after he was handed an exemption permission from getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
There has been a lot of speculation over recent months around the world No 1’s vaccination status as he has never publicly revealed whether he has been protected against the virus.
But the Serbian will now be able to defend his title later this month despite assumptions that he would have to miss out on the tournament.
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission – let’s go 2022!” he wrote on an Instagram post.
For a long while Tennis Australia was taking a hard line in it’s Coronavirus restrictions, with chief Craig Tiley insisting that all players and staff wanting to take part in tournaments in the country, including the Grand Slam, had to be fully vaccinated.
However, last week it was revealed by Tiley that unvaccinated players have been granted medical exemptions but it was going to be kept private and was up to individual players whether they wanted to reveal if they’d been granted an exemption.
When asked about Djokovic, Tiley suspected that the 20 time Grand Slam winner wouldn’t be forthcoming about his medical conditions.
“Novak’s made it clear that he wouldn’t disclose his medical conditions, or whether or not he’s vaccinated,” he revealed.
“It’s his choice to do that.
“There’s quite a bit to play out, and it will play out in the coming days.”
And Tiley was right, the nine time Australian Open champion will once again be aiming to add to his tally of Grand Slams and overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to win the most amount of major competitions in the history of the game.
The Australian Open starts on January 17.
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