Novak Djokovic has announced that he will participate in the Australian Open 2022 thanks to an exemption: we remember that it would be impossible for those who are not vaccinated to reach Australia.
Nole has always been quite ambiguous about his position on vaccines. It is a personal choice, of course, with the mystery surrounding the Serbian that has deepened after the words of his father Srdjan a few weeks ago. Is Nole not vaccinated, is he vaccinated with Sputnik, a vaccine not recognized in Australia?
The reality, after a thousand proclamations of intransigence by the Australian Open Board and local authorities, is that, despite the bans, Djokovic will be allowed to play. If he had been a player out of the top-50, the treatment would have been the same. Is it right or wrong to have granted Djokovic this exemption? Maybe there are really problems that can guarantee him this exemption, or the tournament board wanted at all costs that world no 1 play the Happy Slam?
However, as we later saw, upon arriving at the airport, Novak was blocked due to a problem with his Visa, and therefore the Serb was not allowed to enter the country. Now Djokovic has appealed, the final outcome of the affair is awaited.
The 34-year-old native of Belgrade will therefore be able to defend the Major title, won consecutively from 2019 to 2021: from January 17th, he will try to get the 21st Grand Slam triumph first.
Djokovic at the Australian Open 2022: right or wrong?
The confrontation will certainly be with the Spanish Rafa Nadal, charged and ready to do battle (he is already in Australia and is intensifying his preparation in an ATP 250, after having also trained with former world number one Andy Murray) , but also with the other players of the ‘new generation’, including the Russian finalist last year Daniil Medvedev and the German obstacle Alexander Zverev.
Since the end of the 2021 vintage, doubts about Nole’s participation in the Australian Open have begun. The athlete has not confirmed anything in the last press conferences held and has created many doubts about his future.
The vaccination obligation had probably put him back to the wall but the opening to unvaccinated tennis players only with a medical exemption (granted by two external commissions) saved his fate. The expectation for the first prestigious appointment of the season rises further.
The Serbian champion will try to get familiar with the Australian cement immediately: his goal will be to repeat the dominance in the best of five sets match shown last year, to get to the end of the competition.