World number one Novak Djokovic once again declined to say whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and said he is unsure whether he will defend his title at next year’s Australian Open. Victoria

The state, where the Grand Slam event takes place in Melbourne, has introduced a vaccine mandate for professional athletes, although officials have yet to clarify what would be required for those arriving from abroad. “As things are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne or not,” Djokovic told the online edition of the Serbian daily Blick.

“I will not disclose my position whether I have been vaccinated or not, this is a private matter and an unfair investigation.

“People go too far these days in taking the liberty of asking questions and judging a person. Whatever you say ‘yes, no, maybe, I am thinking about it’, they will take advantage of it.”


Djokovic has held the opening Grand Slam of the season a record nine times, including the last three editions.

The 34-year-old last competed at the US Open, where his bid to complete the calendar slam – winning all four majors in the same year – was thwarted by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Djokovic, who is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on a record 20 Grand Slam titles, said he plans to compete in the Paris Masters, the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup before the end of 2021 . “Of course I want to go to Australia to have my most successful Grand Slam tournament. I want to compete, I love the sport and I’m still motivated.”

“मैं ऑस्ट्रेलियन ओपन के बारे में स्थिति का अनुसरण कर रहा हूं और मैं समझता हूं कि अंतिम निर्णय (सीओवीआईडी ​​​​से संबंधित प्रतिबंधों पर) दो सप्ताह में किया जाएगा। मेरा मानना ​​​​है कि इस साल की तरह ही बहुत सारे प्रतिबंध होंगे, लेकिन मुझे संदेह है कि ऐसा होगा बहुत सारे परिवर्तन। “मेरे प्रबंधक, जो ऑस्ट्रेलियाई टेनिस महासंघ के संपर्क में हैं , मुझसे कहते हैं कि वे सभी के लिए स्थिति में सुधार करने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं, दोनों के लिए जिन्हें टीका लगाया गया है और जिन्होंने नहीं किया है।”