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Djokovic unsure over Australian Open involvement, won’t reveal vaccine status

BELGRADE, Oct 18 (Reuters) – World primary Novak Djokovic as soon as once more declined to reveal whether or not he has been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and mentioned he was unsure if he would defend his title at subsequent 12 months’s Australian Open.

The state of Victoria, the place the Grand Slam occasion takes place in Melbourne, has launched a vaccine mandate for skilled athletes, though authorities haven’t but clarified what the requirement will likely be for these coming from overseas.

“Things beings as they’re, I nonetheless do not know if I’ll go to Melbourne,” Djokovic advised the web version of Serbian each day Blic.

“I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.

“People go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person. Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I am thinking about it’, they will take advantage.”

Djokovic has won the season’s opening Grand Slam a record nine times, including the last three editions.

The 34-year-old last competed at the U.S. Open, where his bid to complete the calendar slam — winning all four majors in the same year — was ended by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Djokovic, who is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on a record 20 Grand Slam titles, said he plans to compete in the Paris Masters, the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup before the end of 2021.

“Of course I want to go, Australia is my most successful Grand Slam tournament. I want to compete, I love this sport and I am still motivated,” he mentioned.

“I’m following the scenario relating to the Australian Open and I perceive the ultimate choice (on COVID-related restrictions) will likely be made in two weeks. I consider there will likely be quite a lot of restrictions similar to this 12 months, however I doubt there will likely be too many adjustments.

“My supervisor, who’s in touch with the Australian Tennis Federation, tells me they’re attempting to enhance the circumstances for everybody, each for individuals who have been vaccinated and people who haven’t.”

Reporting by Zoran Milosavljevic, writing by Alasdair Mackenzie, modifying by Pritha Sarkar

Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/File Photo

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