Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has told Novak Djokovic that his Grand Slam titles or his rnaking won't protect him from COVID-19 and indicated to him that the only way for him to enter the country in January is to show the proof of vaccination.
"(The virus) doesn't care what your tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams you've won," Andrews said. "It's completely irrelevant. You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe.
"I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country and if they did get a visa they'd probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks," he added. "I don't think that the person you indicated (Djokovic) or any other tennis player, let's not personalise it ...
or golfer or Formula One driver will even get a visa to get here."
Djokovic hinted he could skip the Australian Open
"Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne," Djokovic told Blic.
“I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry. “People go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person.
Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I am thinking about it’, they will take advantage”. Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said that Djokovic will eventually have to reveal his vaccination status. "Novak is waiting until the 11th hour to make that decision, I can't imagine him not wanting to be here, not wanting to play in what has been his most successful tournament," Woodbridge told Radio 2GB's Wide World of Sports.
"That hourglass is ticking, and there's not a lot left, he's going to have to make that call one way or the other, and if he has it, he's going to have to tell us." "Holding it close to your chest isn't going to get the outcome solved for him."