Three-time ATP champion Andy Murray assumes Novak Djokovic is vaccinated and he will play the Australian Open. After the Australian Open announced only fully vaccinated players would be allowed to play at Melbourne Park, Djokovic revealed to refuse his vaccination status.
However, Djokovic's name appeared on this week's released Australian Open entry list. Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he beat Murray in a few Australian Open finals. “I don’t know what the situation is with Novak,” Murray told the Press and Journal, as revealed on Tennis365.
” The latest I saw was that he was on the entry list, and I assume he’s playing and has been vaccinated. “We were told they were the rules – if you want to play, you have to be vaccinated – so I’m assuming that’s what’s happened.
“Ultimately, you want all of the best players to be playing in the biggest events. It’s what makes the events more interesting and he’s also going to try to win and break the record, winning a 21st Slam. His record there is phenomenal, so hopefully he’ll be there”.
Murray makes a coaching change
Murray decided to split with his long-term coach Jamie Delgado ahead of the 2022 season and bring in Jan de Witt. Murray skipped the Davis Cup Finals because he wanted to give himself a good rest before he kicks off his preparation for the 2022 season.
“It’s been good,” he added. “I obviously didn’t play in the Davis Cup, so I’ve had an extra couple of weeks and got started a bit earlier than a lot of the players that played in that. “I’m off to Abu Dhabi on Sunday for a week to play in the event there, but also to go a few days earlier and get some outdoor training.
“I’ve obviously just been practising indoors here, but it’s been good so far, I’ve got some good work done and I feel relatively fresh”.