The director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, says that the fact that Novak Djokovic has registered for the tournament does not mean that he will play in it. The best tennis player in the world was on the preliminary list of registered participants for the Australian Open, and many interpreted that as a sure sign that Novak will play in Melbourne.
Especially in light of the claim of the ATP Cup organizers that Djokovic will play for Serbia in this competition, which is being played in Sydney. Craig Tyley reminds us that this list is not final. "What has been published is the general list of participants, and by the nature of things, everyone enters the list.
It is not a binding list and it does not say who will be exactly in the main draw, which awaits us in a few weeks ", explained Tiley. Some Australian media reported that Novak could request a "medical exemption" to play in Melbourne, but Tiley explained exactly what the rules are.
"To be clear, no one can play at the Australian Open if they are not vaccinated. Either a double dose of the vaccine or one from Johnson & Johnson, which is also approved."
"The only option, other than being vaccinated, is to compete if you have received a justification for a medical exemption from the Australian authorities.
I have seen reports in some media. So far, there have been no approved medical exceptions, "Tiley added. "There is an independent commission of medical experts who are reviewing a copy of the request for exemption.
This then goes to the expert panel that makes the decision." "It is clear that the same conditions apply to foreign tennis players as to anyone who comes to Victoria and Australia. There is no possibility of any discount in that sense, except for the approved medical exception ", explained the first man of the Australian Open.
Tiley reiterated that he believes that more than 95% of tennis players have been vaccinated, which, according to him, is a huge improvement compared to 50% from just a few months ago. And we are at the beginning with this again and we still do not know the fate of Novak Djokovic, who is making it harder for himself by avoiding vaccinations.
However, everyone's decision should be respected, and Djokovic still has hope that the Australian authorities will make an exception and meet his expectations.