Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will participate in the last Masters 1000 of the season in Paris Bercy and then in the final in Turin. The Serbian champion is on the hunt for the last possible titles of the season, aiming to overtake Rafael Nadal in the number of total ATP titles.
However, one of the hottest topics heading into 2023 is whether the former world number one will be able to take part in the upcoming Australian Open due to not being vaccinated. «As far as Australia is concerned, there are some positive signs, but not official ones.
We are communicating through my lawyers in Australia, in fact, they are communicating with the authorities dealing with my case,» Djokovic said in an interview collected by the Serbian media outlet Sportal. “I hope to have an answer in the coming weeks. whatever it is, but I hope it will be positive to have enough time to prepare for the next season, which I hope will start in Australia.
The Slam that is played in Melbourne is one of the favorite tournaments of the 35-year-old from Belgrade, to the point that he has won this Major nine times. «I really want to go there, I got over what happened this year and I just want to play tennis, it’s what I do best.
Australia has always been the place where I have played my best tennis, the results speak for themselves so I am always highly motivated to go there. This time even more.» Returning to the issue of vaccination, the Serb hopes that soon things will go back to the way they were before and that it is no longer mandatory to get vaccinated to play tournaments.
Wertheim talks about Djokovic
Jon Wertheim further stated that according to his instincts, Novak Djokovic was going to play the Australian Open since the restrictions were lifted. «I think that everything we can do to avoid a repetition of what happened in January, which did not benefit anyone, is recommended.
Honestly, I mean, I don’t know where you’re getting your information from, but if it’s indeed true that you may get an answer in the next few weeks, one way or another, that’s a positive,» Wertheim said.
«My gut feeling is that you’re not going to miss this event and you’re going to need some sort of special waiver, but Australia’s COVID rates are very different than they were in January when this was an issue. And again, if we can get an answer for advance and avoid the circus that we had in January, we all win”, he added.