'Novak Djokovic is unique and different', says legend

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'Novak Djokovic is unique and different', says legend

Daniel Andrews, premier of the state of Victoria, to the microphones of Sky Australia, strongly reiterated his desire not to allow unvaccinated tennis players to participate in the next edition of the Australian Open, scheduled for January.

This news makes even more uncertain the participation in the next slam of Novak Djokovic, fresh winner of his sixth master 1000 in Paris Bercy, who continues to make no statements regarding his vaccination status. Andrews' position is in stark contrast to that of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who had insisted that unvaccinated people should be allowed to enter the region to carry out their businesses, provided they are quarantined.

Andrews, on the other hand, strongly opposed it, stating, "I will not have people in the stands who did the right thing just to have millionaire players, who should be vaccinated, roaming the region, being essentially at such a high risk of spread."

The premier of the state of Victoria seemed determined enough to comply with the health mandate planned a few weeks ago, which says that all athletes and insiders must be fully vaccinated by the end of November if they are to pursue their activities in the region.

During the interview Andrews also added that there may be some cases in which the government would seek exemptions for unvaccinated individuals, specifying immediately afterwards that it will not be the case of major events such as Boxing Day test matches and the Australian Open.

Billie Jean King praises Novak Djokovic

Billie Jean King believes Novak Djokovic is more outspoken about matters of change in tennis than his 'Big 3' rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The American great also gave her assessment on whether a rivalry similar to that of the legendary men's trio would be good for women's tennis.

"Djokovic is unique and different," the 39-time Grand Slam champion said. "He's very smart and more forthright about change than the other two. I wish they weren't so sure, that they talked more off the track, because it has to be done.

Federer came out once for the players' association to stick together, and he was great, but there is still a lot of work ahead." The American great highlighted the era of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as a period similar to the current golden generation in men's tennis.

"Before, when there was a rivalry, like Chris and Martina's, it was generally said that there was no depth in the women's circuit," King said. "There is always this discussion in the media. Now there is much more depth, many more good players, and it is said that a rivalry is missing. It's like always wanting what you don't have."