Sport Djokovic's dad blasts Australian Open 'blackmail'

01:40  29 november  2021
01:40  29 november  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Djokovic told he has to be vaccinated to play at Aus Open

  Djokovic told he has to be vaccinated to play at Aus Open Novak Djokovic and all players will only be allowed to participate in the 2022 Australian Open if they are vaccinated against Covid-19, Tennis Australia has confirmed. World No 1 Djokovic, a nine-time winner of the tournament, has so far not disclosed whether he is vaccinated and said that he would wait until the organisers revealed the health protocols before he made a decision about playing. © Associated Press Novak Djokovic is the defending men's Australian Open champion The first Grand Slam of the season is due to start on January 17 in Melbourne, Victoria.

‘ Blackmail ’: Djokovic ’ s dad says the star ‘probably’ won’t play Australian Open . Novak Djokovic ’ s father has made a telling statement about the Australian Open ’s vaccine policy — and the world No. 1’s travel plans. Novak Djokovic “probably won’t” play the Australian Open in January over mandatory Covid vaccination rules, the world number one’s father said on Monday (AEDT), likening the restrictions to “ blackmail ”. The 34-year-old Djokovic , who would be bidding for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne, has refused to say whether or not he has been vaccinated against

Novak Djokovic ' s father, Srdjan Djokovic , claims Novak will probably not play Australian Open (AO) due to his stance on vaccination. The director of the first Grand Slam of the season, Craig Tiley, once again said on Saturday that only players vaccinated against coronavirus will have the right to play in Melbourne. About whether Novak will compete at the Australian Open or not, he said: "It was embarrassing because of the announcement of those rulers in the provinces of Australia , who gave themselves the right to call out nine-time champion of Australia .

Novak Djokovic's hopes of claiming a 10th Australian Open title this summer appear slim, with the world No.1's father declaring the "conditions" are a major hurdle.

The Australian Open isn't scheduled to start until January 17, but a Victorian state-enforced COVD-19 vaccine mandate has put pressure on Djokovic's availability, who to date has refused to reveal his vaccination status.

The 34-year-old has stated on multiple occasions that this is a "personal" matter.

According to Srdjan, Djokovic's father, the conditions to participate in January's tournament amount to "blackmail" against the Serbian superstar.

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Novak Djokovic "probably won't" play the Australian Open in January over mandatory Covid vaccination rules, the world number one' s father said on Sunday, likening the restrictions to " blackmail ". Srdjan Djokovic also defended his son' s "exclusive and personal right" to be vaccinated or not, and claimed that even he did not know if Novak had received the jab. Tiley last week revealed that Djokovic "has said that he views this as a private matter for himself". "We would love to see Novak here.

He' s actually really good at the Us Open , he just actually loses there XD. Also some of his matches there were unwinnable. 2007 final vs Fed, 2016 final vs Wawrinka when he had the injury already, 2019 injury this time he retires against Wawrinka. He had the injury even before the first round started and then also the 2019 Us Open where he gets DQ'd. French Open 2014: Murray faces Ferrer in the SF (39%) and Djokovic in the final (21%). Probability of winning the slam is 8%. Adding these together gives a total of 1.26 more slams for Murray if Nadal never became a pro.

Novak Djokovic in action at the Australian Open. © Getty Novak Djokovic in action at the Australian Open.

"Of course he would want to go [to the Australian Open] with all his heart," Srdjan told Serbian channel Prda TV.

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"Because he is a sportsman and there are a lot of our people, the (Serbian) diaspora, there who would be delighted to see Novak.

"But I really don't know if that will happen. Probably not under these conditions, with this blackmail and when it's done that way."

The upcoming Australian Open tournament will be the first Grand Slam to enforce a vaccine mandate.

Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, is just one major trophy away from overtaking rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam titles, with the trio tied on 20.

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  Alexander Zverev impresses with ATP Finals win against Daniil Medvedev Even if he does end going to the Australian Open in January, Novak Djokovic was served a reminder last night that a tenth title in Melbourne is far from assured. Alex Zverev added to his reputation as a serious challenger by defeating US Open champion Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 in the final of Turin's ATP Finals.Earlier Britain's Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram lost in the doubles championship match, falling in straight sets to French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Novak Djokovic won't want to risk missing out on winning a record 21st Grand Slam title, tournament chief Craig Tiley predicted Thursday.

Novak Djokovic has urged Australian Open officials to take greater consideration of player welfare as temperatures reached over 100 degrees on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday. The six-time Australian Open champion declared it was some of the most ''brutal'' conditions he ever had to play on as Gael Monfils begged for the umpire to let him leave the court. Djokovic said the temperatures had pushed him to his limit, asking officials to use the extreme heat policy in such circumstances. “If we talk about rules, there is a rule about index, combination between temperature and humidity.

While Djokovic's playing status is a big concern for Australian Open organisers, the same also applies to the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, which is threatening to spoil the event.

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley said the organisation is working closely with the government on how to handle the situation.

"We knew when we announced the event there would be some more challenges - that's just the nature of the world we've been living in for the past two years," Tiley told Nine's Sports Sunday.

"We're still waiting. I've been talking to the government... there's still a lot of unanswered questions around this [new COVID-19 variant].

"I think in the next 14 days we will have some clarity, but at this point, the plans are going ahead as they are."

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