Novak Djokovic confirmed for the Australian Open with an exemption permission



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Novak Djokovic confirmed for the Australian Open with an exemption permission

After a couple of weeks of guessing, everything is clear about Novak Djokovic's Australian Open participation. The nine-time Melbourne champion will seek the 21st Major crown Down Under after receiving an "exemption permission" to travel to Melbourne from Marbella, where he spent holidays.

It's now evident that Novak has not received the vaccine, staying in touch with the Australian Open organizers and Victoria government and obtaining special permission to land in Australia and compete at the season's first Major.

Novak withdrew from the ATP Cup and went from Belgrade to Marbella to train, hoping for a positive outcome and receiving a green light to start his season at one of the favorite tournaments. World no. 1 will chase the tenth Australian Open crown, dominating this event since 2011 and winning three consecutive titles in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Djokovic was a player to beat at Majors in 2021, winning 27 out of 28 matches and falling on the last step while chasing the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969. The Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon crowns propelled Novak towards 20 Major trophies, matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and looking good to pass them in the season ahead of us.

Novak is the most decorated player at the Australian Open, and he should be the top favorite for another title alongside Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev.

Novak Djokovic will compete at the upcoming Australian Open.

Last year, Djokovic experienced an abdomen injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz, battling against three rivals and the pain before returning at his best in the semi-final and the title clash to oust Aslan Karatsev and Daniil Medvedev and secure the ninth Australian Open trophy.

Novak had another historic season in 2021, becoming the first player with 350 weeks as world no. 1 and securing his seventh year-end no. 1 honor to pass Pete Sampras. Djokovic also claimed the 37th Masters 1000 title in Paris and became the first player with two titles at all four Majors in the Open era.

"Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment, and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet. I have spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break, and today I'm heading Down Under with exemption permission. Let's go 2022!" Novak Djokovic said.