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Novak Djokovic Likely to Skip Australian Open Over Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate, Says Father

Novak Djokovic has refused to reveal his Covid-19 vaccinated status. (AP Photo)

Novak Djokovic has refused to reveal his Covid-19 vaccinated status. (AP Photo)

Novak Djokovic's father said that the world number one is unlikely to play at the Australian Open if rules on Covid-19 vaccinations are not relaxed.

Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play at the Australian Open if rules on COVID-19 vaccinations are not relaxed, the world number one’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, said.

Organisers of the year’s first Grand Slam have said that all players will have to be vaccinated to take part.

Djokovic has so far declined to disclose whether he is vaccinated and his father told Serbia’s TV Prva that governing body Tennis Australia’s stance on players being vaccinated was tantamount to “blackmail".

“As far as vaccines and non-vaccines are concerned, it is the personal right of each of us whether we will be vaccinated or not. No one has the right to enter into our intimacy," news website B92 quoted Srdjan as saying.

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“Under these blackmails and conditions, (Djokovic) probably won’t (play). I wouldn’t do that. And he’s my son, so you decide for yourself."

Djokovic has won nine Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park, including this year’s tournament, and shares the record of 20 men’s Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

Nadal has confirmed he will play at Melbourne Park in January but Federer will miss the tournament as he recovers from another knee surgery.

The Australian Open begins on Jan. 17.

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first published:November 29, 2021, 09:50 IST