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Novak Djokovic threatens to miss the Australian Open due to vaccination obligation: “He will not play under this blackmail”

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It seems increasingly likely that Novak Djokovic will not participate in the Australian Open in January. There is a vaccination requirement for participation in the first grand slam tournament of the year, and the nine-time winner has not yet announced whether he has been vaccinated against the corona virus. Srdjan Djokovic, father of the twenty-time grand slam winner, calls it a form of blackmail and gives tournament director Craig Tiley a blow.

Raf HermansSource: Telegraph

Vaccination is compulsory for participation in the Australian Open in January. However, the Serbian number 1 in the world has not yet announced whether he has already taken the vaccine. “No one has the right to enter into this form of intimacy. Everyone has the right to decide about their own health,” father Srdjan Djokovic told TV First. “Whether he will let you know if he is vaccinated or not? I do not think so. I don’t know what he decided either. And if I knew, I wouldn’t share it.”

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Blackmail

And so it looks like Djokovic will skip the Australian Open and miss his chance at a historic 21st Grand Slam title. “Under this blackmail and conditions, Novak probably won’t play there,” continues father Djokovic. “Of course he wants to play, he is an athlete. But not with this blackmail. I wouldn’t either. And he’s my son, so do the math yourself.”

Djokovic has already won 20 grand slams, nine of which were the Australian Open. © BELGAIMAGE

Russian vaccine

Tournament director Craig Tiley, who previously said he thinks Djokovic will play in Melbourne, is also getting a kick out of it. “What is a licensed vaccine, Mr. Craig? The Russian vaccine is not one of these? According to our criteria, only the Chinese and Russian vaccines have been recognised.”

The Australian Open starts on Monday, January 17. At the beginning of this year, Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in three sets in the final, good for his ninth overall victory in Melbourne.

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