Novak Djokovic won his court battle on Monday, but it is not yet certain that he will be able to participate in the Australian Open 2022. The first Slam of the season will start on January 17 and the Serbian will go on the hunt for his ninth title at Melbourne Park. In fact, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can still exercise the discretion that allows him to expel the world’s number 1 from the country. The 20-time Grand Slam champion entered Australia without being vaccinated against COVID-19, by virtue of a medical exemption that has generated endless controversy. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has won the last three editions of the Happy Slam and – in the event of a tenth triumph – would overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors. Immediately after winning the appeal, Nole began training and reiterated her intention to take part in the tournament. Although some players have lined up on Djokovic’s side, there is no shortage of discontent in the locker room. In a recent interview with ‘M4Sport’, ATP number 40 Marton Fucsovics expressed serious doubts about Novak’s presence in Australia.
Fucsovics slams Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player in the sport, winning everything, he has won nine times here in Melbourne as well, so he deserves to be here and start,” said Fucsovics. “However, we must not go beyond what is happening in the world now. People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone should vaccinate themselves, and Djokovic didn’t. From this point of view, I don’t think he has the right to be here,” added the Hungarian player. In the same interview, Marton Fucsovics revealed that many tennis players and pundits found it unfair that Novak Djokovic was granted an exemption to participate at the 2022 Australian Open. “There was a rather negative reception among members of the tennis community that the Serbian world No. 1 could be there in Australia and was granted an exemption because they did not feel it was fair,” concluded the 29-year-old. Interestingly, he was practicing behind closed doors, with all the normal camera feeds not functioning. According to Ben Rothenberg, they reopened the court once Djokovic was done with his practice session. Despite the lack of preparation, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will begin his quest for his 21st title in Melbourne on 17th January. Only time will tell whether he will lift the title on 30th January or not.