End of the suspense. Novak Djokovic will participate well in the Australian Open, from January 17 to 30. This Tuesday on Instagram, the world No. 1 both presented his wishes and announced that he was taking the plane, photo in support, to the antipodes, after having benefited from a “derogation”. In other words, the Serbian is not vaccinated against Covid-19, which he had always refused to confirm or deny.
But the organizers of the first Grand Slam of the year therefore allowed him to participate in the event, which he has already won nine times. If he manages the pass of ten, Djokovic would become the only player to hold 21 Majors, while he is currently at 20, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
This “exemption” has not finished reacting as the Australian authorities seemed intransigent on the subject of vaccination, and that the non-participation of Djoko in the ATP Cup, which is currently taking place in Sydney, seemed to accredit the package thesis for Melbourne. Also unvaccinated, the French Pierre-Hugues Herbert had indicated on December 11 that he was giving up the Australian Open, of which he would have been one of the main favorites in doubles, associated with Nicolas Mahut.