Djokovic-Australian Open 2022: a wedding that will take place? The new edition of the Australian Open will officially start on January 17, 2022, and will end on the 30th of the same month. Defending the men's title will once again be Serbian champion Novak Djokovic, who has already triumphed nine times here.
Provided, however, that the Belgrade champion decides to get vaccinated: Australia seems to be immovable regarding this choice, which would allow the various players and spectators greater safety than the previous year (when the vaccination campaign was only in its infancy.) The number one in the world has in fact repeatedly expressed his reluctance to undergo the vaccine, as he considered it not entirely safe or necessary to defeat the pandemic.
This means that today, a player like Nole could not play in Australia.
Andrews does not admit ignorance
47-year-old Daniel Andrews, current Premier of the state of Victoria, Australia, however, said: "I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player gets a visa to enter the country.
If so, they should probably remain in quarantine for a few weeks, while no other player will have to do so." The obligation to vaccinate, moreover, would not only concern our sport: the rules would also apply to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled in Australia next year.
For Djokovic, a big problem now arises: how can he take part in the Melbourne tournament, the Grand Slam in which he has always been most victorious, without undergoing the vaccine or avoiding the long quarantine period? There seems to be no other solution, honestly.
The Serbian has already questioned his presence in the event, even if it is really too early to venture into imaginative conjectures. In the women's field, the Japanese Naomi Osaka will defend the trophy, who this year played really shortly after Roland Garros, when she made the controversial decision not to attend press conferences with journalists.
In 2022 the Spanish Rafael Nadal will also return to compete, temporarily out of the circuit due to a physical problem. Photo Credit: Tennishead