World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has made it clear that he won't reveal his vaccination status as he believes that's a private matter. Djokovic's vaccination status has been a much-talked topic over the last 20 days after Victoria Premier Dan Andrews indicated that only vaccinated players could be allowed to participate at the Australian Open.
This year, Djokovic expressed hope that vaccine won't be mandatory for players to compete on the Tour as he believes that vaccination should be a personal decision. "My beliefs remain the same and my thinking has always been the same.
I don't want to reveal my vaccination status. That's a private matter," Djokovic told Serbian daily newspaper Blic. In his interview with Blic, Djokovic also said that people should not feel that much free to ask such personal questions and then to judge someone by the answer they receive.
Djokovic could skip the Australian Open
“[Grand slam] titles won’t protect you,” Victoria Premier Andrews said when asked by reporters earlier this month. “The only title that will protect you is you being able to have had your first dose and second dose.
“Logic, and numerous conversations with the Prime Minister, tells me that if you are an Australian citizen, you will be allowed home if you haven’t had the jab. “But if you’re coming on a tourist visa or a business visa, so you’re not an Aussie, like, you are coming to visit, the notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated, I thinks very, very low."
Djokovic confirmed he is following the situation regarding Australia and revealed that he could indeed skip next year's Australian Open. "I'm following the situation regarding Australia and to my understanding the final decision of the Victoria Government and Tennis Australia will come within the next two weeks, we are looking at the first or the second week of November.
I don't think something will significant will change compared to what we already know. As it was the case this year, we can expect a lot of restrictions. I have heard from my manager that Tennis Australia is trying to improve conditions for everyone -- vaccinated and unvaccinated players," Djokovic said.
"I don't know if I will go to Australia, I don't know what's happening. Right now, the situation isn't looking good."