The possibility that Novak Djokovic does not play the Australian Open 2021 due to his reluctance to get the coronavirus vaccine continues to generate controversy in the world of tennis after the statements that the Serbian tennis player made in an interview in the newspaper Blic, where he assured that he still does not know if he will attend the first Grand Slam of the season before the strict measures decreed by the local authorities.
This Wednesday, lNovak Djokovic’s words have been answered by the Australian Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, which reiterated the Australian government’s position on the entry of people to the country, which would force Djokovic to be vaccinated if he wants to play in the Australian Open.
Hawke was blunt and warned that anyone who wants to access Australia when the border closure is lifted, must have the complete vaccination schedule. “You need to have both doses of vaccines to be able to visit Australia. It is a universal application, not only for tennis players. That means that every visitor who comes to Australia must have had both doses. It is not a message for Novak Djokovic, it is a message for anyone who wants to come to Australia: you need to have the complete vaccination schedule, “he assured.
According to the Reuters agency, 65 percent of ATP circuit tennis players have already received the complete vaccine schedule, while 60 percent of WTA players are already fully vaccinated.. Now we can only hope if Djokovic decides to get vaccinated or if on the contrary he will continue with his battle to play the Australian Open despite his opposition to vaccines.