Novak Djokovic is set to play the ATP Cup and likely the Australian Open and Tennis Australia has denied that it is seeking “loopholes” to allow unvaccinated players to be subject to more lenient medical exemptions than the general population.
Djokovic's name popped up on the entries of the ATP Cup and Australian Open but his vaccination status is still unclear. "Any suggestion that Tennis Australia is seeking ‘loopholes’ within this process is simply untrue,” the statement read, as revealed on 3AW.
“Adjudicating on medical exemptions is the domain of independent medical experts. We are not in a position to influence this process, and nor would we”.
Djokovic didn't want to give any answers last week
"I understand you want some answers on where I start the season, how I start it.
I'm really, really tired from this season and this whole year, so I just prefer sticking to the family quality time, rehab mode, then let's see what the future brings," Djokovic said after Serbia's Davis Cup Finals exit.
"You will be informed. I know what you want. I'm not going to give you an answer tonight. I know what you want to ask me. But you will be informed. That's all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date. Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon."
Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge believes Djokovic playing the ATP Cup is a good indication that he intends to play the Australian Open as well. "He had the choice to enter or not enter so he's put his name on the entry list and that means you've got to believe that he's coming all the way through the summer," Woodbridge 2GB's Wide World of Sports radio.
"That's good for tennis, for Novak fans they'll be rejoicing, and I think also for the Sydney fans. "He knows all the government regulations about the vaccination, so that means, you would think, that he's on top of it unless he pulls something that we're not expecting."