Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez reveals he has been asked a lot lately about Novak Djokovic's participation at the Madrid Masters. Djokovic, who the Australian authorities didn't let compete to compete at the Australian Open because he was unvaccinated, confirmed last week to the BBC that he is still unvaccinated.
In an interview with the BBC, Djokovic made it clear that he is sticking to his principles and that he is willing to skip tournaments that require its participants to be fully vaccinated. Djokovic admitted this week in Dubai that he is unlikely to play the Indian Wells because the tournament as it stands now will require its participants to be fully vaccinated.
The Madrid Masters takes place between May 01-08.
Lopez on Djokovic's participation in Madrid
"I've been getting asked about this a lot lately," Lopez told Marca. "After what happened in Australia it seems that the main problem is knowing where Novak will be able to be and where he will be able to play.
In the end, we as a tournament do not have the power to decide who can go and who cannot. The message that was sent from Australia or interpreted by many people was very confusing. It was not known if Djokovic had been allowed in, who had let him in, the tournament? The country? People do not enter the countries because of what the tennis tournaments say but because of the laws that exist at that time, which are not imposed by a tournament or a federation.
I hope that in the month of May Spain will be as it is now, that the Covid continues to decline, that my country is fine, that people stop dying, that everything goes better and that the restrictions are minimal or there are none.
And that everyone can enter freely and that is what we want and what we expect. In that case, Novak will be welcome like all players." Djokovic is a three-time Madrid champion but he hasn't played at the tournament since 2019.