Djokovic not sure on Australian Open standing however has no regrets over vaccine determination

Djokovic not sure on Australian Open standing however has no regrets over vaccine determination

Novak Djokovic continues to be awaiting phrase on whether or not he shall be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after lacking the event this 12 months as a result of he isn’t vaccinated towards Covid-19.

“It’s actually not in my arms proper now,” Djokovic mentioned on Thursday on the Laver Cup. “So I’m hoping I’ll get some constructive information.”

Djokovic is a 21-time grand slam champion – second amongst males, behind solely Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one forward of Roger Federer’s 20 – and he has received a report 9 of these trophies at Melbourne Park.

However he was deported from Australia in January after a 10-day authorized saga that culminated together with his visa being revoked; he was initially granted an exemption to strict vaccination guidelines by two medical panels and Tennis Australia with a purpose to play within the Australian Open.

The 35-year-old has insisted he is not going to get the coronavirus vaccine, even when it means lacking tennis occasions.

He was not in a position to enter two of this season’s 4 grand slam tournaments, the Australian and the US Opens. America at the moment bars entry to international residents who haven’t acquired Covid-19 vaccines, and Djokovic additionally missed 4 different occasions in North America in 2022.

Djokovic was in a position to get into France, shedding to Nadal within the quarter-finals on the French Open in June, and the UK, successful the title at Wimbledon in July.

The Laver Cup, which begins Friday in London, is Djokovic’s first competitors since Wimbledon.

“I don’t have any regrets. I imply, I do really feel unhappy that I wasn’t in a position to play [at the US Open], however that was a choice that I made, and I knew what the results can be,” he mentioned Thursday. “So I accepted them, and that’s it.”

Djokovic has spent extra weeks at No 1 within the ATP rankings than anybody else, breaking Federer’s report, and is No 7 this week, partially due to an absence of exercise and partially as a result of there have been no rating factors awarded at Wimbledon this 12 months.

“I’m not used to creating, clearly within the final 15 to twenty years, longer breaks between the tournaments, however it’s what it’s,” Djokovic mentioned. “That’s type of the state of affairs I used to be in. I’m simply excited to have the ability to play right here now and many of the different indoor [tournaments] for the remainder of the season.”

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