Victoria's Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has told Novak Djokovic that his Grand Slam titles or qualification will not protect him from COVID-19 and indicated that the only way to enter the country in January is to show proof of vaccination.
"(The virus) doesn't care what his tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams he's won," Andrews said. "It's completely irrelevant. You need to get vaccinated to stay safe and to protect others. "I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to enter this country, and if they do, they will probably have to be quarantined for a couple of weeks," he added.
"I don't think the person you indicated (Djokovic) or any other tennis player, let's not personalize it... or the golfer or the Formula One driver will even get a visa to get here." "Things start as they are, I still don't know if I will go to Melbourne," Djokovic told Blic.
“I will not reveal my status if I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate consultation. People go too far these days to take the liberty of asking questions and judging a person. What you say 'Yes, no, maybe, I'm thinking about it', they will take advantage of it”.
Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said Djokovic will eventually have to reveal his vaccination status.
Sonego praises Novak Djokovic
In a recent interview with Gazzetta, Lorenzo Sonego acknowledged that Novak Djokovic's results this year have proven that he is statistically the "strongest in history."
The Italian also highlighted how Djokovic harbors the loftiest ambitions, like wanting to win a Calendar Slam. "Djokovic has had incredible results, is practically the strongest in history in terms of trophies won," Sonego said.
"He has the grandest objectives, like winning the CYGS which he almost did this year." The Serb's vaccination status is currently unknown as he has remained tight-lipped about the matter throughout. As such, many have assumed that Djokovic is unvaccinated and could be forced to skip the 2022 Australian Open.
However, Lorenzo Sonego does not believe that Djokovic potentially skipping the Australian Open is too much of an issue. "Djokovic has won everything, he only thinks of being calm and having fun and, if he does not consider the conditions advantageous for himself, he can give up the tournaments," Sonego said.
Sonego and Djokovic faced off this season in the semi-final of the Italian Open where the Serb triumphed 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2. The Italian tennis player was last seen at the Indian Wells Masters. Sadly, he lost in the first round. He even competed in the doubles event but lost in the quarterfinal.