‘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.

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29/11/2021 2:20:00 AM

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”.

But Australian Open tournament chief Craig Tiley has said that all players must be inoculated to take part.“Of course he would want to go with all his heart,” Djokovic’s father Srdjan told Serbian channel Prda TV.“Because he is a sportsman and there are a lot of our people, the (Serbian) diaspora, there who would be delighted to see Novak.

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Novak Djokovic is still swinging. Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images.“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.”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 knows that he’ll have to be vaccinated to play here,” he added.Djokovic said earlier this month he was still undecided. headtopics.com

Asked about the Australian Open’s vaccine mandate after his loss to Zverev, Djokovic said: “We’ll see. We’ll have to wait and see.Novak Djokovic of Serbia has had a long year. Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images.“I haven’t been talking to them (Tennis Australia), to be honest. I was just waiting to hear what the news is going to be and now that I know we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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He said just one week ago he would refuse to answer any future questions about his vaccination status before the Australian Open made a final decisions on the biosecurity measurements that will be in place for the tournament.Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, is level on 20 Grand Slam singles triumphs with old rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

He contracted Covid-19 during the ill-fated Adria Tour event he organised in the Balkans in June 2020, but said he did not suffer from any symptoms.

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