Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed that Novak Djokovic hasn't revealed his vaccination status to the Australian Open officials. Last week, the Australian Open confirmed only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to play at Melbourne Park.
"He has not shared his status with anyone," Tiley told SEN. "He believes that what you say about your medical position and status is private, and he believes people should have the right to choose. "We have made it very clear that coming to play the Australian Open, the requirement is to be vaccinated – and approved vaccines, as well."
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"One thing is for sure – if Novak is here in January, we'll know that he's vaccinated," Tiley said. "So, regardless of someone's position, all the players will need to be – and show proof of – a vaccination, even to come into Victoria.
"We've got the majority of the players in that position, and that has been a journey in itself, as well, because it's not a requirement anywhere else in the world." "We have always said from the beginning that we support and follow the direction of health (officials) and the chief health officer, as well as the government," Tiley noted.
Tiley expects the vaccination rate on the Tour to be between 95 percent and 100 percent. "Six weeks ago, only 50 per cent of the global playing group (were vaccinated), because each of them are independent contractors; they don't have a union that dictates what they can do.
They make their own decisions. "Today, more than 85 per cent are (vaccinated). We take a lot of credit for that, because we put a vaccination requirement on (playing in the Australian Open). "We think by the time we get to January it will be between 95 percent and 100 percent vaccinated, because if you're not, you cannot play."