Will Novak Djokovic be regularly present at the Australian Open? Or, due to his opposition to the anti-Covid administration, will he give up the first Grand Slam of the 2022 season? Questions that have not known a certain answer for several weeks.
The almost surreal case continues in uncertainty and with the reshuffling of the cards on the table. It is not yet clear to the whole world of tennis whether the Serbian will participate in the ocean tour or forfeit: a situation that continues to leave perplexity given that the rumors often launched by the Serbian press or by sources close to the player are somehow denied by those.
Australian. The only certain facts are that the 34-year-old is stepping up training in his Belgrade and that his hypothetical departure, should he be there, will be in the next few days. However, the rules for playing the first tournaments of the 2022 season are quite clear and very strict: vaccination of at least two doses or the favorable opinion of two external commissions is required, proving that they do not represent a danger and providing a valid reason as to why not the serum was received.
Nole did not disclose his vaccination status (although it seems unlikely that he will join the campaign, at this point), further complicating the affair. Following the regulations strictly to the letter, it would seem unlikely that the world number one will participate in the Australian Open.
According to what has been collected and written by Blic, the organizers are negotiating with the Victorian authorities a break from the rule to allow Djokovic and other players in his same situation to take part in the competition.
A sort of special legislation, a medical exemption that would solve the problem, canceling practically everything that had been established and strongly remarked in recent days by politicians, members who contribute to the realization of the event in Melbourne.
For the event it would obviously be a bad tile not to be able to count on the title holder, as well as current number one in the ATP ranking. The next few hours and days will (hopefully) be decisive to end the saga once and for all.
Novak Djokovic OFFICIALLY out of ATP Cup 2022
Novak Djokovic has officially decided not to participate in the ATP Cup 2022, a team competition scheduled from 1 to 9 January in Sydney, and not to postpone his come back to the court.
He therefore misses the first match of the 2022 season for the number one in the world, who a few days before the start of the event was still in doubt whether he had worn the Serbian shirt or not. Tennis Australia has announced the retirement of the 34-year-old native of Belgrade: Dusan Lajovic will therefore be the best of his nation and the one who will lead the group, followed by Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic, Matej Sabanov.
With the absence of the winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021, Serbia's chances of victory in the tournament on ocean soil are significantly reduced. In the Davis Cup the country was led by Nole and managed to win the semifinals, then surrendering to Croatia.
The debut is set for Saturday 1 January with Casper Ruud's Norway. Then will follow the challenges with Chile and Spain, which will have Roberto Bautista Agut as number one. Before the start of 2022 the whole tennis world is eager to know news about Djokovic, who is not yet sure he can take part in the Australian tour and therefore in the first Grand Slam of the season (the Australian Open, an event in which he is the holder from three years of the title).
At the basis of the withdrawal from the ATP Cup, there is the impossibility at this time and with the rules currently established by the State of Victoria to be able to leave for Oceania, given that the attachment of the world number one to his is known.
nation, as well as the aspect that playing a competition before the Australian Open would have been very convenient for him. Djokovic continues to train in his Belgrade, fans and enthusiasts await news on his programming in January: in the last few hours a possible measure has sprung up that could be taken to allow the Serbian to arrive and play in Australia.