'It would be a shame if Novak Djokovic couldn’t...', says minister



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'It would be a shame if Novak Djokovic couldn’t...', says minister

The round of 16, an always important obstacle to overcome for every tennis player, especially if there are qualifiers for the Atp Finals in between. The Vienna tournament is preparing to host another day full of interesting matches on the two fields available, with many players of thickness occupying the top positions of the ranking involved.

In the Austrian capital there are probably two distinct fights underway: the one for the title and the one concerning the athletes looking for a pass for Turin, therefore with the main objective of obtaining as many points as possible to detach the direct opponents and take possession of one of the last ones.

two places still free. The program is really rich, always positive news for the present public and fans. On the "Glaubandich court" the atmosphere will warm up immediately with the exciting match between the British Cameron Norrie and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Probably the loser will leave the scene as regards the conquest of the appointment reserved for the best eight of the 'Race', although it is the Paris-Bercy Master 1000 that is the concrete turning point. Another never banal match will follow, starring the Norwegian Casper Ruud, who will face the blue Lorenzo Sonego, ready to give everything to have a personal joy and do his compatriot a favor.

Three doubles matches will close, including the best of Mektic-Pavic seeding. It will start no earlier than 2 pm on the central court in Vienna, immediately with Monfils-Schwartzman. Australia's Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan believes it would be a "shame" if his government does not find a way to allow Novak Djokovic to take part in the 2022 Australian Open.

Dan Tehan on Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has remained tight-lipped about his vaccination status throughout the pandemic, which has led many to assume that the Serb is yet to be inoculated against COVID-19. Australia's Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan shared the same view as Morrison, stressing that "common sense" must prevail in such situations.

“Novak Djokovic has been an absolute stalwart of the Australian Open and one of the best players ever to play at the event," Tehan stated. “It would be a shame if we couldn’t find a way, especially if he was prepared to do two weeks of quarantine, for him to come and defend the outstanding record he has at the Australian Open," he added.

Novak Djokovic has finally given some positive news regarding his participation in the ATP tour. Just a few days ago, he confirmed that he’ll play in Paris, Turin, and the Davis Cup. Recently, a fan shared a video of her and 20-time Grand Slam champion training together. Djokovic was seen hitting some shots and having some laughs with the fan in Belgrade.