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Djokovic need vaccine to compete in Australia

Craig Tiley expects 95% vaccinated players.

Novak Djokovic will need to recieve vacine against COVID 19 if he wants to play in Australia as he is yet to decide his status.

Novak Djokovic has been told he needs to be vaccinated against COVID 19 in other to participate in the Australian open.

Djokovic has not disclosed whether he is vaccinated or not as he said he will wait for the organisers decide the health protocol before he will make his decision.

The first Grand Slam of the season is due to start on January 17 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Speaking on Saturday, tournament chief Craig Tiley said: “Everyone on site – the fans, the staff and the players – will need to be vaccinated in order to participate in this year’s Australian Open.

“There has been a lot of speculation around Novak’s position. He has noted and said publicly that it is a private matter. We would love to see Novak here [but] he knows he has to be vaccinated in order to play.”

The 34 years old could break a record of 21st men’s Grand Slam title if he defended his title early next year.

Speaking this week at the season-ending ATP Tour finals in Turin, Djokovic insisted: “You should have the freedom to choose, to decide what you want to do. In this particular case, what you want to put in your body.”

Djokovic sparked anger last year when he wrote a letter during the build-up to the tournament suggesting the strict 14-day quarantine rules for top players should be relaxed.

 

 

Sportscliffs            Skysports

Craig Tiley expects 95% vaccinated players.
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