It is now practically certain that unvaccinated players will not be able to take part in the Australian Open 2022. The Premier of the State of Victoria and the Minister of Immigration have been categorical in this regard, reiterating that no exemptions or special agreements will be granted to tennis players who do not have received the double dose.
The collective attention immediately shifted to Novak Djokovic, nine-time champion of the 'Down Under' Slam, who had repeatedly expressed his opposition to the mandatory vaccine. The number 1 in the world also defended freedom of choice in a very recent interview with the Serbian website Blic, fueling doubts about his presence in Melbourne next January.
Furthermore, the 34-year-old from Belgrade did not want to reveal whether or not he was vaccinated against COVID-19. The 20-time Grand Slam champion played his last match at the US Open, where he lost in the final to Daniil Medvedev.
His return to the tour is expected in Paris-Bercy at the beginning of November. During an interview with Wide World of Sports' Todd Woodbridge analyzed Nole's situation in detail. Woodbridge said: "The fact that Novak Djokovic has questioned his participation in the Australian Open 2022, leads me to think that he has not yet had the vaccine.
Time is running out and he has to make a decision, otherwise he really risks missing the first Grand Slam of 2022. If his intention is not to get vaccinated, it would be better to declare it publicly. Feeding the mystery won't make things easier for him.
We have understood by now that it will be impossible for those who are not vaccinated to enter Australia. Novak is waiting until the last moment before communicating his choice. I understand that he would like to play this tournament to chase the Grand Slam record.
On the other hand, we are talking about the Grand Slam in which he has obtained the most successes," added Woodbridge. Other players such as Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev have already said they will be vaccinated by the end of the year.
Among tennis players (men and women), a percentage of vaccinated people is currently estimated at around 50%.
UEFA Champions League: Juventus, Man Utd, Barcelona won
UEFA Champions League 2021/2022: Juventus, Manchester Utd, Barcelona and Chelsea won their matches.
Here all the results: Barcelona - Dynamo Kyiv 1-0
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Gavi; Ansu, Depay, Dest
Dynamo Kyiv: Bushchan; Kędziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Buyalskiy, De Pena; Vitinho Red Bull Salzburg - Wolfsburg 3-1
Salzburg: Köhn; Kristensen, Onguéné, Wöber, Ulmer; Camara; Aaronson, Sučić, Seiwald; Okafor, Adeyemi
Wolfsburg: Casteels; Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon; Baku, Arnold; Lukebakio, Philipp, Steffen; Nmecha Benfica - Bayern Munich 0-4
Benfica: Vlachodimos; Veríssimo, Otamendi, Verthongen; Diogo Gonçalves, Weigl, João Mário, Grimaldo; Darwin, Yaremchuk, Rafa Silva
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Süle, Upamecano, Hernández; Kimmich, Sabitzer; Gnabry, Müller, Sané; Lewandowski Young Boys - Villarreal 1-4
Young Boys: Von Ballmos; Hefti, Camara, Lauper, Garcia; Sierro, C Martins Pereira; Fassnacht, Aebischer, Ngamaleu; Elijah
Villarreal: Rollers; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Capoue, Parejo, Trigueros; Pino, Gerard Moreno, Danjuma Manchester United - Atalanta 3-2
United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Bruno; Ronaldo, Greenwood, Rashford
Atalanta: Musso; Lovato, Palomino, Demiral; Zappacosta, Freuler, De Roon, Mæhle; Pašalić; Malinovskyi, Zapata Lille - Sevilla 0-0
Lille: Grbić; Zeki Çelik, Tiago Djaló, Fonte, Reinildo; Ikoné, André, Xeka, Bamba; Burak Yılmaz, David
Sevilla: Bounou; Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Jordán, Fernando, Rakitić; Lamela, Rafa Mir, Ocampos Chelsea - Malmö 4-0
Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta; James, Kanté, Mount, Jorginho, Chilwell; Werner, Lukaku
Malmö: Dahlin; Larsson, Nielsen, Brorsson; Berget, Rakip, Innocent, Christiansen, Peña; Čolak, Birmančević Zenit St.
Petersburg - Juventus 0-1
Zenit: Kritsyuk; Sutormin, Barrios, Chistyakov, Lovren, Douglas Santos; Malcom, Kuzyaev, Wendel, Claudinho; Azmoun
Juventus: Szczęsny; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Locatelli, Bentancur, Bernardeschi; Chiesa, Morata