Record nine-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic says he is not sure about playing in the forthcoming Aussie Open.
Djokovic, 34, is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he has won the tournament’s past three editions.
Recently, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews hinted that only vaccinated players could be allowed to participate at the Australian Open. “I’m following the situation regarding Australia and to my understanding the final decision of the Victoria Government and Tennis Australia will come within the next two weeks, we are looking at the first or the second week of November.
I don’t think something significant will change compared to what we already know. As it was the case this year, we can expect a lot of restrictions. I have heard from my manager that Tennis Australia is trying to improve conditions for everyone vaccinated and unvaccinated players,” Djokovic told Serbian daily newspaper Blic.
“The main problem is that if you are on the plane with an infected person, whether you are vaccinated or not, you are required to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival to Australia.
That happened to Viktor Troicki this past January. Not only him, 70 players ended up quarantine. I have spoken to many players and many have that as a bad memory. I wish we players could unite more, whether it’s through the PTPA, ATP or WTA, only to be relevant in some type of decision-making.
I feel that no one really cares about the players’ opinion,” Djokovic explained. “I don’t know if I will go to Australia, I don’t know what’s happening. Right now, the situation isn’t looking good.” Not having Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2022 would be a major blow for the organizers