British tennis player Liam Broady didn’t want to comment too much on the Novak Djokovic news as he simply said he hopes there was a valid reason for giving the Serb a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
On Tuesday, 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption to play the Australian Open.
“At the end of the day you kind of have to trust that he does has a valid reason for the medical exemption. That’s all you can say about it, really, isn’t it,” Broady said, per Tennis Australia.
Djokovic had a great time with his family during the festive season and now he is looking forward to the Australian Open.
“Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet,” Djokovic said in an Instagram post.
“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!”
Tennis Australia confirmed Djokovic received the medical exemption
“One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health,” Tennis Australia said in a statement.
“They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines.”
Meanwhile, Broady’s fellow compatriot Jamie Murray gave a blunt response when asked about the Djokovic news.
“I think if it was me that wasn’t vaccinated I wouldn’t be getting an exemption…but well done to him for getting clear to come to Australia and compete,” Murray said. “At the end of the day you kind of have to trust that he does has a valid reason for the medical exemption.”
Djokovic is now set to target a record 10th Australian Open title, as well as a record 21st Grand Slam title.