World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman thinks players don't have to reveal their opinion on Novak Djokovic being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. "We [tennis players] are here to play, and Novak Djokovic has already talked to the tournament and the government," Schwartzman said, per Sportskeeda.
"Everyone is talking about it, so players have to be on the side." The news of Djokovic receiivng a medical exemption made all the headlines and many want to know the exact reason why the Serb was granted a medical exemption.
"The press is going to be in the locker room for sure in the next few weeks, but I think we don't have to say nothing," Schwartzman said. "We already spoke in the locker room. I don't want to say what I think."
Djokovic announced the news on Tuesday
"Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet," Djokovic said in an Instagram post.
"I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!" Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley insisted Djokovic wasn't a subject to any special favors.
“If they didn’t meet the guidelines, and there were many that didn’t so therefore they were rejected, but if they met the guidelines including for example – which a lot of people forget – is one of those conditions is having COVID recently, in the past six months,” Tiley said on Nine on Wednesday morning.
“Any person who met those conditions has been allowed to come in. There’s been no special favour. There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak”. Djokovic is now set to battle for a 10th Australian Open, as well as a record 21st Grand Slam title.