Now it's official: all players participating in the Australian Open 2022 will need to be vaccinated. The first Grand Slam of the year will be held from 17 to 30 January and could offer great surprises. There are many question marks related to the presence of Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian champion has decided not to disclose his medical data and, therefore, it will be necessary to wait a few more weeks to understand whether or not he will be able to take the court in Melbourne. Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times in his career, no one has done better than him, and it would be really sensational if he decided not to defend the title he won last year.
At the end of the semi-final lost to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in Turin, Djokovic thus answered questions about the next edition of the Australian Open. "I do not know. Let's wait and see. I haven't talked to the organizers yet so I haven't made a decision yet.
I repeat: let's wait and see."
Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, talked about the Serb on The Today Show program. He said: "We expect Novak to participate.
Obviously there has been a lot of speculation on the vaccine issue, but we have confirmation of the fact that almost all the players have received it. Novak has always said that for him it is a private matter, but it is a tournament in which he has always had great success and which has allowed him to start the season in a great way, so we hope there is.
We will have no audience restrictions and we will be able to receive spectators from all over Australia, it will be a magnificent tournament. We will continue to respect the protocols but there will be no obligation to mask.
Federer? First, I want to say that we have been in constant contact with Roger Federer, we have been friends for many years and we love to see him play. He is recovering from knee surgery and we must not forget that he is 40 years old.
His body needs more time to recover than it did 10-15 years ago. We only know that he will return to play at some point."