Novak Djokovic’s standing for the Australian Open subsequent yr is up within the air because it turned the primary Grand Slam occasion to require gamers to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

Djokovic was requested about his plans for the Australian Open after dropping to Alexander Zverev within the ATP Finals. He stated, “We’ll see.”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Alexander Zverev of Germany during the ATP World Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Alexander Zverev of Germany through the ATP World Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
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“I haven’t been talking to them [the organizers]. I was just waiting to hear what the news is going to be. Now that I know, we’ll just have to wait and see,” he added, by way of The Guardian.

In October, Djokovic declined to reveal his vaccination standing and stated he was not sure whether or not he would journey to Australia given the tight coronavirus restrictions. He made his remark earlier than the Australian Open determined to require vaccinations for gamers.

Djokovic stated earlier than the ATP Finals match in opposition to Zverev he believed taking the vaccine needs to be a alternative.

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Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Alexander Zverev during the ATP World Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Alexander Zverev through the ATP World Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
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“The freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it’s me or somebody else. Doesn’t really matter whether it’s vaccination or anything else in life. You should have the freedom to choose – in this particular case, what you want to put in your body,” he stated.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tilley advised Australia’s “The Today Show” in regards to the guidelines for the upcoming occasion.

“It’s been made very clear when the premier announced several weeks ago that in order to participate at the Australian Open, to come into Victoria, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated. Immediately, we communicated that to the playing group,” Tilley stated.

“It is the one direction that you take, that you can ensure everyone’s safety. All the playing group understands it. Our patrons will need to be vaccinated, all the staff working the Australian Open need to be vaccinated.

Novak Djokovic reacts during his ATP World Tour Finals match against Alexander Zverev in Turin, Italy, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Novak Djokovic reacts throughout his ATP World Tour Finals match in opposition to Alexander Zverev in Turin, Italy, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

“When we’re in a state where there’s more than 90% of the population fully vaccinated, it’s the right thing to do.”

The Serbian celebrity is the No. 1 tennis participant on the earth. He’s gained three straight Australian Open titles and 9 general.