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Djokovic’s mystery deepens when the stars arrive prior to the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic

Melbourne: Tennis Australia arrived yesterday ahead of the Australian Open with other top players led by Naomi Osaka, saying Novak Djokovic has almost certainly withdrawn, but has not withdrawn from the ATP Cup. He said he started. There was a serious question about whether to travel to Australia as Djokovic, the world’s number one man, refused to confirm whether he was vaccinated against the coronavirus. An unnamed member of his team told the Serbian newspaper Blic that he was “99%” confident that he would not be in the ATP Cup ahead of the Australian Open, with Djokovic in his first Grand Slam. Further strengthened the conspiracy as to whether or not to do so. This year’s.

However, Tennis Australia told AFP that Serbs have not yet withdrawn from the team event. The event began on Saturday in Sydney, where Djokovic will face Norwegian Casper Ruud on the first day. “I’ve never heard of Team Serbia withdrawing because of the ATP Cup,” a spokesman said. Tennis Australia has organized a charter flight to take international stars to Melbourne and Sydney. The first flight arrived yesterday. According to TA, he defends the Australian Open women’s champion Osaka, but Djokovic did not participate. Players can also skip commercials.

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open nine times, can win a record 21st Grand Slam title by playing in Melbourne Park, but he and his aides are vaccinated to enter Australia. need to do it. The 34-year-old had previously expressed opposition to the vaccine, and his father, Srdjan, accused the organizers of “blackmail” in late November, saying Djokovic would probably not play the Australian Open. The ATP Cup has already been hit by several players who tested positive for COVID, including Russia’s fifth-largest Andrey Rublev and Canada’s Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov.

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to hold a warm-up event in Melbourne next week, was also infected with the virus. They all participated in this month’s Abu Dhabi Exhibition Tournament. Three female players also tested positive at the same event. Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, US Open champion Emma Raducanu and Wimbledon quarter-final Ons Jabeur. Tennis Australia has arranged charter flights to minimize the risk of getting a virus while traveling. All passengers are required to submit proof of a negative test 72 hours before flight. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 17th. — AFP

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