Serena Williams, winner of 23 slams, was supposed to play in the Australian Open 2022, but her name does not appear on the official list. In fact, Serena herself has confirmed that she will not play at Melbournbe Park: "Even if it is never an easy decision to make, my current physical level does not allow me to compete." Serena has not played since June 30, when in Wilbledon's first round she was injured sliding on the grass and was forced to retire.
Novak Djokovic is instead on the list of participants in the Australian Open to be held from next January 17th in Melbourne. The Australian authorities have a strict protocol on Covid and on entry into the country, only allowed to vaccinated people: "Temporary visa holders are allowed to enter Australia only if they have an exemption issued by the Australian authorities.
They will also have to prove that you are fully vaccinated with a recognized vaccine, present proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of departure and complete the Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) 72 hours prior to departure.
" Djokovic never wanted to reveal whether he got vaccinated or not. Srdjan Djokovic had stated that his son would hardly have participated in the Australian Open if the restrictions on unvaccinated players had not been revised.
Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open 2022?
There are still a few weeks left for the ATP tennis season to start, but the first rumors about the 2022 edition are already starting to circulate, for a season that promises to be full and full of news.
One of the main dilemmas that characterize the circuit concerns the participation or not of some tennis players in the Australian Open 2022. Next year, in the month of January, there will be several competitions in the oceanic continent, from the ATP Cup to the Australian Open with a series of minor tournaments in between, but every tennis player, as well as the fans and professionals, will have to be compulsorily vaccinated for COVID-19.
There is a lot of curiosity about the future and the presence of the world number one Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion has repeatedly declared his concerns about the vaccine but in the last few hours a surprising news has arrived that undoubtedly brings Nole's participation to the Australian Open closer.
The groups of the ATP Cup 2022 have been announced and each team has presented their lists with the tennis players participating in the competition. The Serbian team also includes Novak Djokovic and this could be an important clue in view of the competition.
In fact, the ATP Cup 2022 will be held in Australia and like the Australian Open it is compulsory for all tennis players to vaccinate. This situation therefore assumes that Nole will be present in Australia even if at the moment it is all to be verified.
The group of Serbia sees the Balkans engaged against Spain, probably without Rafael Nadal but with the young prodigy Carlos Alcaraz, and will then be engaged against Norway of the Top Ten Casper Ruud and against the 'freshman' of the Chile tournament, an underdog but which will undoubtedly try to surprise.
In the next few hours or maybe the next few days we will have more information on this story, a real tennis mystery with the presence of Djokovic at the Australian Open which certainly represents one of the most interesting topics of this end 2021 (and early 2022). The Grand Slam fight is still in full swing and all tennis fans want to know the choice of the Serbian champion.