Djokovic must be vaccinated to defend his grand slam title

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Melbourne. Several weeks of confusion over whether it is necessary to be vaccinated against covid-19 in order to compete in next year’s Australian Open has ended.

The leader of the grand slam tournament in tennis states on Saturday that everyone must be vaccinated against covid-19 in order to participate.

– There is a lot of speculation about vaccination and to make it very clear, when the state manager announced that everyone at the facility must be vaccinated, we announced it to the group of players, says tournament manager Craig Tiley.

The requirement to be protected against the coronavirus could mean that the defending Australian Open champion in the men’s, Novak Djokovic, will not have the opportunity to win his 21st grand slam title and thus surpass rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the first of the season. four grand slam tunings.

The three have all won 20 grand slam finals in singles.

Roger Federer announced earlier this week that he is unlikely to be ready to take part in the Australian Open, and there are also doubts about Nadal’s participation. Both have been out with injuries for a long time.

Djokovic does not have similar problems, but the Serbian world setter has so far refused to disclose his vaccination status.

– He has said that his attitude (to vaccination, ed.) Is a private matter. We would love to see Novak here. He knows he needs to be vaccinated to play here, says Craig Tiley.

The Australian Open, which begins in January, will be held in Melbourne, Victoria.

In October, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said non-vaccinated players could attend if they went into quarantine for two weeks.

But it was not long before Victoria’s head of state, Daniel Andrews, issued a counter-notification refusing to let unvaccinated players enter the state.

According to Australian guidelines, states must apply for a waiver if they want to open the borders to people who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus.

– On behalf of all the vaccinated people in Victoria who have done the right thing, my government will not request exemptions for unvaccinated players.

– If we do not request exemptions, then no exemptions will be granted. Then the whole problem is basically solved, Daniel Andrews said.

/ ritzau / Reuters

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