Mark Petchey: To play, Novak Djokovic is going to have to get vaccinated

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Mark Petchey: To play, Novak Djokovic is going to have to get vaccinated

Mark Petchey says Novak Djokovic will have to get vaccinated if he wants to travel freely and have no problems entering tournaments. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the start of the season but he flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption for the tournament.

On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country. "It's obviously been huge news. I think there is a lot of sympathy on both sides. You know there is no question that he came down here ultimately with an exemption so, he came with his best intentions.

So, he sort of proved it," Petchey said on Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda.

'Djokovic knows what he has to do'

Rome Masters tournament director Sergio Palmieri said that Djokovic is welcome to Rome as long as he is willing to comply with the rules.

"The vaccination issue is going to be huge. Let's be honest, you've already seen France say [there's] absolutely no chance he's going to be able to go to Paris now... and Sergio Palmieri saying that if he doesn't get vaccinated, he is not gonna be able to play in Rome," mentioned Petchey.

"He's got a big decision to make. To play at the moment, he's gonna have to get vaccinated. It's as simple as that." After losing his visa appeal, Djokovic took it in a calm manner. “I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country."