World No. 3 Alexander Zverev absolutely respects the decision the Australian government made on the Australian Open. On Saturday, the Australian Open officially confirmed that unvaccinated will not be allowed to play at Melbourne Park in January.
The biggest question mark remains the participation of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has stated several times that he believes that no one should be forced into taking the vaccine and he has refused to reveal his vaccination status.
“We are visiting another country,” Zverev said, per Tennis Majors. “This is not about tennis. This is about the virus that is going on, right? This is not about a tournament or tennis. We are visiting a different country.
At the end of the day the country is allowing us to enter. We need to follow the rules and follow the guidelines."
Zverev hopes Djokovic will play
Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he has won the tournament's last edition.
Zverev acknowledged it would be easier for him to win his first Grand Slam if Djokovic skipped the Australian Open. “I hope he’s able to play. At the end of the day, I’m No 3 in the world, so if he doesn’t play, it’s easier to win the tournament.
This is obvious. Also he’s No 1 in the world so he should be there. Hopefully the Australian government will make an exemption or whatever it is that they can do for him to be able to participate there," Zverev said.
On Saturday, Zverev beat Djokovic 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-3 to reach the final at the ATP Finals. “Every time we play it takes hours,” Zverev said in his on-court interview. “I have not spent more time on court with anybody other than him this year. I am happy with the win and happy to be in the final here and to give myself the best chance for tomorrow”.