ATP Chairman: I cannot answer for Novak Djokovic, hope unvaccinated players play AO

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi didn’t want to speak in Novak Djokovic’s name but suggested that he would love to see unvaccinated players allowed to compete at the Australian Open. 

Early last month, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said he wants unvaccinated players banned from playing at the Australian Open. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested unvaccinated players should be allowed to compete in Melbourne but Andrews remained keen in his belief that unvaccinated players should be banned from playing at Melbourne Park. 

“We have known for a few days that you cannot go to Australia if you are not vaccinated. That can still change but it is their tournament,” Gaudenzi told L’Equipe.

“If they decide to organise it with this rule, we can do nothing. The problem is with the players who will not be vaccinated.

“I cannot answer for him [Djokovic] but we hope that the government will authorise non-vaccinated players to play after two weeks in isolation. But that is a government decision above us.

“For Novak, it is a personal decision. But you have to think about the vast majority of players who are vaccinated and want to play.”

Djokovic waiting to have a clear picture 

Djokovic has refused to reveal his vaccination status. 

The vaccination rate on the Tour is around 70 percent. 

“The good news is that the percentage is increasing steadily,” said Gaudenzi.

“We are already at 70 percent. We hope to arrive at 95 per cent or 98 per cent in two months.”

During an interview with Serbian daily newspaper Blic, Djokovic indicated he could indeed decide to skip the Australian Open. 

This week at the Paris Masters, Djokovic revealed he will make his Australian Open decision once the official announcement for the rules and protocols comes out. 

“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.

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