World number one Novak Djokovic will not take part in the upcoming ATP Cup that is scheduled ahead of the first Grand Slam of the new year. The Serbian’s participation at the Australian Open is also is not certain as he has not told the status of his vaccination, stated Serbian newspaper Blic.
The player is currently said to be training in Belgrade but has concluded to not appear for the ATP Cup, a tournament that is scheduled in Sydney and that is a traditional event to start men’s tennis season. “It is 99 per cent sure that Novak won’t go to the ATP Cup. He is training here (in Belgrade) but he has decided to give that tournament a miss,” told an unnamed member of his team, reports AFP.
If Djokovic participates in the Australian Open, he can overtake Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal to become the man with the most number of Grand Slams that will count 21. Currently, the 34-year-old holds the record with 20 Grand Slams that equals him with Federer and Nadal. The event is organized to commence on January 17th. The ordinance of the event for the participants is to be vaccinated while the Serb has not yet spoken anything against his vaccination status. He had also asserted his adversary for the mandatory vaccination to play in an event previously.