Advertisement
No vax for Djokovic could see...

Sport

No vax for Djokovic could see Serb miss out on Australian Open


Share this article


Novak Djokovic could be denied the chance to win a record 21st career Grand Slam at January's Australian Open. 

The state of Victoria has imposed a vaccine mandate which requires "authorised workers" to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of November.

Djokovic has been militantly opposed to vaccines becoming mandatory for players.

Speaking earlier this year, the Serb said, "I don't think it'll come to that. I hope not, because I've always believed in freedom of choice."

Djokovic added, "And I will keep the decision as to whether I'm going to get vaccinated or not to myself.

"It's an intimate decision, and I don't want to go into this game of pro and against vaccines, which the media is unfortunately creating these days.

"I don't want to be labeled as someone who is against or who is for vaccines. I'm not going to answer the question ... and hope that everyone will respect that."

In April 2020, he had the more staunch view that, "Personally I'm opposed to vaccination, and I wouldn't want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel."

According to Melbourne publication, The Age, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley had fought hard against a vaccine mandate being imposed upon Australian Open competitors.

“Tiley said we won’t get star players and the state government effectively said ‘suck it up’," a source revealed.

Djokovic's ninth Australian Open title was won in January, with subsequent wins at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon bringing his career Grand Slam total to 20.

A straight-sets defeat to Daniil Medvedev cost the 34-year old a calendar Grand Slam, meaning he must wait until Melbourne - at least - to surpass Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time winners list.

It could well be the case that Djokovic has actually been vaccinated.

Pictures emerged over the weekend of him attending a SummerStage concert in New York's Central Park, which required all attendees to be vaccinated.

Donegal’s Jason Quigley to fight for WBO middleweight title


Share this article


Read more about

Australian Open Coronavirus Covid-19 Craig Tiley Novak Djokovic Tennis Vaccination Vaccine

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

Up next

Suzanne Kane on 98FM

Suzanne Kane on 98FM

10:00-13:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

13:00-16:00

Share

The Big Ride Home With Brian M...

The Big Ride Home With Brian Maher

16:00-19:00

Share

The Fix with Leanne Hanafin

The Fix with Leanne Hanafin

19:00-22:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night...

The Sound of the City at Night with Karl Dawson

22:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on