Tournament director Craig Tiley expects Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic to compete in the Australian Open despite his skepticism about vaccinations. “Novak has won the Australian Open nine times and I’m sure he wants to win ten,” Tiley told sports broadcaster SEN.
“He has 20 Grand Slam titles, just like Rafael Nadal, who comes here, and Roger Federer. So one of them will surpass the others,” said the Tennis Australia association manager: “I don’t think so. not that Novak will. Leave the feat to someone else. “
World number one Djokovic has yet to make a clear commitment to take part in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (starting January 17) in Melbourne. Just last week, organizers announced that only vaccinated tennis professionals were allowed to serve at the Australian Open. The big winner of the record has so far always avoided making public statements about his vaccination status.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” Djokovic replied in the ATP final last week when asked if he would defend his title in Melbourne. Tiley reiterated, “One thing is for sure: if he plays here in January, he will be vaccinated.
As Tennis Australia announced on Thursday, the 2022 tennis year will open with the ATP Cup in Sydney. The men’s team tournament, in which Olympic champion Alexander Zverev will also serve for Germany, will start on January 1. There will be many more preparatory tournaments in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne before the start of the Australian Open.