Djokovic on Australian Open entry list

December 10, 2021
    Add a header to begin generating the table of contents
    Scroll to Top
    Share on facebook
    Share on whatsapp
    Share on telegram

    Novak DjokovicNovak Djokovic beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 Australian Open final

    World number one Novak Djokovic has been entered into the Australian Open despite uncertainty over his Covid vaccination status, while seven-time winner Serena Williams is absent.

    Defending champion Djokovic has refused to reveal if he has been vaccinated – a requirement to play in Melbourne.

    Williams, 40, said she was not fit to compete at 2022's first Grand Slam.

    "While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete," she said.

    "I will miss seeing the fans, but am excited to return and compete at my highest level."

    Great Britain's US Open champion Emma Raducanu, ranked 14th in the world, will make her tournament debut.

    Fellow Britons Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Heather Watson are also on the entry list.

    Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is absent while he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery, with 2014 winner Stanislas Wawrinka also missing with injury.

    The Australian Open begins on 14 January.

    Djokovic's father said last month that his son, who has won the Australian Open a record nine times, was unlikely to play at the tournament if a bar remained in place against unvaccinated players.

    Tournament organiser Tennis Australia has denied reports that it has explored the possibility of applying for an exemption to Victoria's state rules for 34-year-old Djokovic.

    "All players, patrons and staff at the Australian Open have to be vaccinated," Tennis Australia said in a statement.

    "Any suggestion that Tennis Australia is seeking 'loopholes' within this process is simply untrue."

    The message was reinforced by Victoria's Deputy Premier James Merlino.

    "Medical exemptions are just that – it's not a loophole for privileged tennis players," he said.

    Djokovic has been named in Serbia's team for the ATP Cup ,which takes place in Sydney from 1 to 9 January.

    To play in Sydney without being vaccinated, the New South Wales state government would have to apply for an exemption for him.

    Djokovic would then have to do 14 days of quarantine on arrival.

    Around the BBC iPlayer banner

    • 'Hold tight and pretend it's a plan!': You can watch all the Doctor's latest adventures on BBC iPlayer
    • What would it be like to have Superman as a dad? Watch now as Clark Kent and Lois face their greatest test

    Around the BBC iPlayer footer

    Source

    Ashley Barty – Sofia Kenin
    Tennis
    Prediction for the match Ashley Barty – Sofia Kenin

    Sofia Kenin has never played in the semifinals of the Grand Slam tournament before. Hence, it will be significant competition for her. The American had …

    Stefanos Tsitsipas - Milos Raonic
    Tennis
    Prediction for the match Stefanos Tsitsipas – Milos Raonic

    Previous game Tsitsipas did not play in the second round of the tournament because his opponent had withdrawn before the match. In the first round, …

    Ilya Ivashka – Kevin Anderson
    Tennis
    Prediction for the match Ilya Ivashka – Kevin Anderson

    Sportsmen’s shape Ivashka confidently qualified for this tournament. There were problems in the second round in the match with Kudla, but Ilya solved them and …

    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest
    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    Our News
    Follow Us
    • Bookmakers Bonus
    Fonbet

    Registration bonus up to 250 Euro!

    Winmasters
    Parimatch
    Sign up for our Newsletter
    Logo for footer
    18+

    Copyright 2019 © All rights Reserved.

    0
    Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
    ()
    x
    This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.