Novak Djokovic: No Australian Open decision until official announcement comes out

20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has made it clear that he won’t be making any decisions on the Australian Open until all the protocols and rules for the event become official. 

The Australian Open has yet to officially announce whether or not unvaccinated players will be allowed to play at Melbourne Park in January. 

“Regarding Australia – to avoid speculation and assumptions, I am waiting for the official announcement to be released before I decide what I will do,” Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors. “I am not thinking only of myself but of all the other tennis players. We are colleagues, parts of a whole, we should be more united when it comes to important situations, but unfortunately that unity has not existed in the last 30, 40 years… We have now made the first step (with the PTPA), but there is still much to be done. The unity between the players is not on the required level. If it was, we would deal with such situations much more easily.”

Djokovic indicated he could skip the Australian Open

During a recent interview with Blic, Djokovic said he’s following the situation regarding the Australian Open and admitted he could decide to skip the event in 2022. 

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated multiple times that no exception will be made for any unvaccinated player — even Novak Djokovic. 

However, it’s possible that Djokovic is vaccinated but no one can guarantee that with security since the Serb refused to reveal his vaccination status.

“Novak Djokovic has been an absolute stalwart of the Australian Open and one of the best players ever to play at the event,” Australia’s Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said.

“It would be a shame if we couldn’t find a way, especially if he was prepared to do two weeks of quarantine, for him to come and defend the outstanding record he has at the Australian Open.”

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