TURIN: Novak Djokovic refused to disclose whether or not he would defend his Australian Open title after the event’s chief confirmed on Saturday that solely vaccinated gamers would be capable of participate within the first Grand Slam of the season.
The choice, revealed by Craig Tiley, piled extra strain on world primary Djokovic who has refused to disclose if he has been inoculated.
“We’ll see, we’ll have to attend and see,” Djokovic mentioned to reporters after shedding his ATP Finals semi-final towards Alexander Zverev.
“I haven’t been speaking to them (the event organisers), to be trustworthy. I used to be simply ready to listen to what the information goes to be, now that I do know, we’ll simply have to attend and see.”
Melbourne, the place January’s Grand Slam is held, has spent greater than 260 days beneath lockdown throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and the federal government of the state of Victoria made clear final month there could be no concessions for unvaccinated gamers.
Tiley mentioned the taking part in group know they need to get the jab to compete within the Australian Open, however that he would “like to see Novak right here” and try to win a document 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.
Zverev, who was effusive in his reward of Djokovic after successful an thrilling match in Turin 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3, additionally mentioned that he hoped his good friend could be Down Underneath.
“Look it’s a really robust one as a result of it’s very political,” mentioned Zverev.
“We’re visiting one other nation, that is in regards to the virus that’s going round proper, this isn’t a couple of event or tennis, that is we’re visiting one other nation.
“If the nation is permitting us to enter we have to observe the principles and observe the rules. I hope he’s capable of play.
“I’m quantity three on this planet so if he doesn’t play it’s simpler to win the event but in addition he’s primary on this planet so he ought to be capable of play. Hopefully, the Australian authorities will make an exemption.”