"As things stand now, I still don't know if I'm going to Melbourne. I don't want to reveal whether or not I am vaccinated, it is a private matter and an inappropriate question. These days people go too far in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person, I don't want to participate in this war."
In a recent interview with local media, Novak Djokovic once again clarified his position for the upcoming Australian Open. The Australian Grand Slam could become the first international tournament open to vaccinated athletes only, but there are still many knots to be solved.
According to the journalist Ben Rothenberg, in fact, the players of the WTA Tour would have received a letter from the Women's Tennis Association that would open up the possibility of seeing even unvaccinated players on the field, who would however have to serve a strict 14-day quarantine.
In recent days there has been a lot of talk about Djokovic and his final decision and, in this sense, the statements made by the president of the ATP Andrea Gaudenzi during the presentation of the Finals in Turin are interesting.
"Novak did not say that he was not vaccinated, but only that he did not want to declare it", explained Gaudenzi in the words reported by Sky Sport. "This does not pose problems for the conduct of the tournament or for anything else.
The vaccination obligation is not foreseen in Turin, we adapt and follow the rules of local governments. Everyone will follow the protocols, the event will be held regularly. I am convinced that we will show how big Italy, Turin and Piedmont are.
As an Italian, I am proud that it takes place in Turin, just as I am proud that most of the players are under 25. They represent the future of our sport and we are in good hands for a splendid future. Tennis is a truly global sport.
We are the candidates to be the second and third sport in the world and we are very close to this result."
Roger Federer is losing records: the latest is...
In recent years, the greatest difficulty has been precisely that of the continuity of participation in tournaments on the ATP Tour, thanks to the advanced age (for a player) and the prolonged energy recovery that his body needs after the dispute of a competition (especially if prestigious, best of 5 sets).
Roger Federer is slowly losing all the records and consecutive positive streaks that he had consolidated and conquered over the course of his long career: sooner or later it had to be the Swiss's turn to give way, even if in 2022 he will return to the field to always return to more as a professional tennis player, with the aim of being competitive and getting new satisfactions.
The 40-year-old, according to some rumors, is trying to intensify his training, starting the hard work that will prepare him for competitive commitments. Difficult, although not impossible at the moment, the hypothesis of seeing the native of Basel at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of next season.
A truly strange year for the former world number one, who never found the continuity necessary to get to the bottom of the competitions and register more appearances. After an excellent run at Wimbledon, which ended only in the quarter-finals, and following another knee injury, Roger decided to undergo surgery again and declare his season over.
Federer thus lost a truly impressive record, which he had kept open since 1998 (first year of activity in the ATP circuit, also benefiting in the junior one): the Swiss was unable to reach even a semi-final on hard surface after 23 years.
In Doha, the only more delicious opportunity, where he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Nikoloz Basilashvili. In 2020 the athlete had carried on the incredible series, given the goal achieved at the AO before the lockdown and stop period.