The January Australian Open still remains shrouded in uncertainty. Although the leaked e-mail from the organizers indicated that unvaccinated tennis players could also take part in the inaugural grand slam of the season under certain conditions, the subsequent statement by the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria returned to zero tolerance.
There are, of course, many tennis professionals who have a rather negative attitude towards coronavirus vaccination, but the greatest attention is logically focused on the world number one. Serbs to Novak Djokovic.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion in Melbourne could make another attempt to beat Roger Federer with Rafael Nadal.
An act that would probably definitely catapult him to a pedestal for the best player in history, but he probably won’t be able to do it without vaccination. At such a verdict, at least at this moment, the carousel of speculations about the set rules at the beginning of next year came to a halt.
“Without vaccination, you won’t get to the US, most parts of Europe, many Asian destinations. You just won’t get a visa. Why should it be different here?” emphasizes Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of the State of Victoria.
“There’s nothing to add. If you want to come here, you have to have two doses. Everyone who goes to see tennis will be vaccinated, all staff will be vaccinated. It’s logical that if you want to be any part of the tournament, you have to do this. , “rejects any double standards and extinguishes the hope that the leaked mail ignited on players refusing to be vaccinated on Monday.
In it, the organizers indicated to the tennis players that they were intensively devising a way to ensure their participation as well. Specifically, they mentioned the possibility of strict fortnightly quarantine at the hotel. Andrews’ statement, however, returns the whole matter back to zero tolerance and no exceptions.
Djokovic, meanwhile, laments the current mood in society in the Serbian media and continues to refuse to reveal how he will ultimately decide on vaccination.
“There is only fear and panic about covid. And I don’t want to be a part of it. I feel like everyone is strict, hostile about vaccinations. I don’t want to be part of this dirt,” the champion said in an interview with Blic.
“Whether or not I get vaccinated is a private matter. And whatever I say on this subject, my answer will be distorted as it suits whom. Whatever I say will condemn me,” he adds.
Daniil Medvedev, the second player in the world, is behind Djokovic. Even the Russian tennis player, a recent Grand Slam winner from New York, believes that everyone should have the right to make their own decisions about vaccination.
“Society is terribly divided about vaccinations, and that’s really scary. I’m very disappointed. There’s a lot of pressure on people. There’s too much ambiguity, too much information that doesn’t come at once. Everything changes a lot,” explains Rus.
He also believes that vaccination should be a private matter for everyone. “I liked what Novak said about it. It shouldn’t be public. I don’t want to divulge health either,” he says, confirming that he definitely wants to play in Australia.
Like Djokovic. “I still don’t know if I’m going. But I definitely want to, that’s understandable. The Australian Open is my most successful grand slam. I love this sport and I’m extremely motivated,” says the Serbian tennis player.
According to him, the final decision should be made next week. “My manager is in contact with the Australian Federation and told me that he is trying to improve the conditions for everyone, including those who are vaccinated and those who refuse to be vaccinated,” Djokovic hopes.
But the last uncompromising words from Daniel Andrews do not give him much hope.