Doubts about Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Championships against the background of the Corona vaccine

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Doubts about Djokovic's participation in the Australian Championships against the background of the Corona vaccine

AFP HAS BETANCUR

A local official warned Tuesday that tennis stars who are not vaccinated against Corona may not receive visas to play in the Australian Open, casting doubt on the participation of Serbian Novak Djokovic.

Dan Andrews, Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria, indicated that he does not expect exceptions to Australian laws regarding the anti-coronavirus vaccine for participants in the first Grand Slam of next season, which begins in Australia next January.

“I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player will ever get a visa to enter this country,” Andrews said.

He added, “The virus does not care about your ranking in the standings or how many Grand Slams you have won,” and that “even if they get a visa, they will probably have to quarantine for two weeks, unlike what will happen with other vaccinated players.”

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On the other hand, Djokovic, who was crowned 9 times in Melbourne and ranked first in the world, expressed his opposition to vaccines, refusing to disclose whether he had obtained the vaccine against the Corona virus.

Djoko, who has won the title in Australia in the last three years, seeks a fourth successive victory and raises his tally of major titles to 21, with a new record breaking his association with the two Spanish stars, Rafael Nadal, ranked fifth in the world, and the Swiss Roger Federer, who exited the club. The top ten in the world rankings of tennis professionals issued yesterday, to occupy the eleventh place.

The Serbian Djokovic failed last year to become the first player to win all four major titles in one season since 1969, losing the final of the US Open in September to Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Source: “AFP”





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