Novak Djokovic's participation in the Australian Open 2022 is still shrouded in mystery. Last week, it was announced that they will need to be vaccinated in order to compete in the Happy Slam. When asked about the subject during the ATP Finals in Turin, the world number 1 was very evasive and did not want to reveal his vaccination status.
Melbourne is the tournament in which the Serbian has obtained the most successes, no less than nine, in addition to having won the last three editions. In the event of a forfeit, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would see a gluttonous chance to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings vanish.
Nole has just returned from a formidable season, in which he won three Majors and a Masters 1000 (the 37th of his extraordinary career). 'Djoker' also finished the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever, beating his idol Pete Sampras.
In a recent conversation on Eurosport Germany, Boris Becker talked about Novak's imminent decision on whether or not to play the Australian Open.
Becker talks about Djokovic
"I can't imagine that Novak Djokovic won't play in Australia,” Becker said.
"He loves the sport too much for that, he loves tennis history too much for that. He wants to reach 21 Grand Slam wins. Australia is his best Grand Slam. He has already won nine times there. Why shouldn't he win a 10th time?" Becker also sided with Djokovic over the Serb's view that people should have freedom of choice regarding vaccination.
"He says it is his personal decision whether to get vaccinated or not," Becker continued. "It is nobody's business. I'm with him on that. But if he wants to play on the tennis tour - and we're also having this discussion about [Bayern Munich footballer] Joshua Kimmich - then you just have to follow the rules.
That means you have to be vaccinated in order to play," Becker added. "That applies to Djokovic, that applies to Kimmich and that applies to every athlete who is at home in their respective sport." On the other hand, the Australian Open organizers announced the list of tournaments to be played, starting with the ATP Cup in Sydney on January 1st.
Excluding the team event(ATP Cup), tennis Australia planned four 250 tournaments that are scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney. Also, fans are expected to be present but that might change owing to the restrictions imposed by the government.