Former world No. 1 Tracy Austin believes Novak Djokovic could really skip the Australian Open and she suggests the fact that the Serb is refusing to reveal his vaccination status is a sign that he hasn't been vaccinated.
As it stands now, unvaccinated players should be allowed to compete at the Australian Open but every unvaccinated players will have to complete 14 days of hard quarantine upon arrival to Australia. "He's going for 21, the tiebreaking 21, but I guess not getting the vaccination could be more important," said Austin.
"For me? I don't know if we will see Novak Djokovic at the 2022 Australian Open. "I mean you've got to get the jab to go over there apparently and he says he doesn't want to tell us whether he's gotten the jab.
And it seems like to me, if you're not telling us then he probably hasn't."
Austin seems to doubt Djokovic would accept to quarantine for 14 days
In a recent interview, Djokovic said this year's Australian Open wasn't a good experience.
"He's (Novak Djokovic) spoken out adamantly that he does not want to get vaccinated," Austin said. "I guess you would still have the opportunity to go over there and quarantine. I mean that's gonna be very tough this year because 2021 everyone was in quarantine, but now the players that have gotten vaccinated wouldn't have to spend time there."
Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, believes vaccination should be a private thing. "I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry," Djokovic told Blic.
"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."