World No. 1 Novak Djokovic didn't want to confirm or deny his participation at the Australian Open following Serbia's Davis Cup Finals exit but said everyone will be informed soon about his decision. The Australian Open confirmed that only fully vaccinated players will be able to play at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic has been refusing to reveal his vaccination status because he believes it's a personal matter. "I understand you want some answers on where I start the season, how I start it. I'm really, really tired from this season and this whole year, so I just prefer sticking to the family quality time, rehab mode, then let's see what the future brings," Djokovic said, per Reem Abulleil.
"You will be informed. I know what you want. I'm not going to give you an answer tonight. I know what you want to ask me. But you will be informed. That's all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date. Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon."
The fear is Djokovic could really skip the Australian Open
Djokovic's father Srdjan said in a recent interview that his son won't play the Australian Open "under these blackmails." Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula dismissed Srdjan claims as he said that nobody is blackmailing his son.
"If you're a visiting international tennis player or a visiting sportsman of any kind, it's about your responsibility to the community that you are being welcomed into," Pakula said, per Australian Broadcast Corporation.
"And that's why we are asking those international tennis stars to follow the same requirements as Victorians are. "It's not about blackmail, it's about making sure the Victorian community is protected.
"I want to make it clear that I really hope that Novak Djokovic gets vaccinated and plays in the Australian Open, but if he chooses not to that's a matter for him."