I’d be shocked if Novak Djokovic missed the Australian Open vaccination
Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge absolutely wants to see world number 1 Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2022. Victoria Prime Minister Dan Andrews has made it clear that unvaccinated players will not be allowed to participate in the tournament. Australian Open and that there would be no exceptions.
Djokovic has indicated on several occasions that he is not vaccinated and that he would prefer not to be mandated to be vaccinated. “It’s tough,” Woodbridge told 2GB Wide World of Sports radio. “He’s obviously had COVID-19…
he probably feels he has special strength against it. “The reality is the rest of the world does what we do. I think at some point you probably think he’s going to need to get the shot.”
Tennis Australia can’t help Djokovic
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley reportedly called for an exception to be made for Djokovic, but he was quickly dismissed. “This is going to be taken out of the hands of Tennis Australia, it will be what the government decides you need to do to enter the country,” Woodbridge noted.
“If he wants to come and play at the Australian Open, it seems likely that he will have to get the shot.” Personally, I think that’s a good thing. But the group of players has been told for some time that this is the most likely scenario if you want to come to Australia. “
Woodbridge would be “shocked” if Djokovic actually missed the Australian Open. “With so much at stake for Novak, you have to think he’s going to seriously think about it… he’s tied at 20 with Roger and Rafa for the Grand Slam titles and he wants to take over and extend that gap.” Woodbridge added.
“Coming to the tournament he won so much you must be thinking that he is seriously considering doing it. It would be a shock to me if he didn’t come to Australia.”