Players arrive for Australian Open with Novak Djokovic yet to confirm vaccine decision


The 20-time Grand Slam champion has put his name on the entry list but is yet to confirm whether he has received the Covid vaccine, as time runs out for Djokovic to make a decision.

There were reports that the 34-year-old was looking to get a medical exemption to play the tournament, allowing him more freedoms than unvaccinated members of the public in Australia, but government officials including the Prime Minister shut this down.

But in an official Australian Open update on Wednesday, tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed that a small number of players would receive medical exemptions, appearing to hint that Djokovic could be one.

“If Novak shows up at the Australian Open, he’ll either be vaccinated or he’ll have a medical exemption,” the Tennis Australia boss said.

“[It’s] his choice on his medical condition, it’s his choice to keep personal and private like all of us would do with any condition we may or may not have. We are not going to force him or ask him to disclose that.”



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