The No. 1-ranked tennis participant Novak Djokovic will take part within the Australian Open Grand Slam in January, the event’s organizers stated on Wednesday. The announcement got here after weeks of hypothesis about whether or not Djokovic would journey to Australia due to vaccine necessities.
The Australian Open included Djokovic in its predominant draw entry listing for the summer season event.
“Defending champion Djokovic will play for an unbelievable tenth Australian Open trophy — and a males’s file twenty first main singles title — and would be the favourite in a draw which showcases 49 of the world’s high 50,” it stated in a assertion.
The announcement adopted one a day earlier by the ATP Cup event, which shall be held in Sydney as a precursor to the Australian Open, that listed Djokovic amongst its attendees.
Djokovic couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Australia has positioned a brief two-week ban on worldwide arrivals due to the Omicron variant. Earlier than that, the federal government introduced that some classes of visa holders can be allowed to freely enter the nation in the event that they have been vaccinated. Officers positioned caps on the variety of unvaccinated vacationers who might enter the nation per week, they usually have been required to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.
The Australian authorities have stated that any gamers taking part in tournaments within the nation have to be vaccinated.
In October, Djokovic, the reigning champion and a nine-time winner of the Australian Open, informed a Serbian information outlet that he won’t attend the Australian Open as a result of he wouldn’t reveal his vaccination standing.
Final week, Mr. Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, stated that his son was unlikely to take part within the event “beneath these blackmails and circumstances.”
Novak Djokovic’s comment in October set off rounds of contradictory statements between Australian authorities ministers and event organizers about entry necessities for worldwide guests.
The native information media reported on hypothesis that Tennis Australia, which hosts the Australian Open, would search medical exemptions for unvaccinated gamers. The group has denied these claims.
James Merlino, the deputy premier of Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, stated in response to the rumors, “Medical exemptions are simply that — it’s not a loophole for privileged tennis gamers.”