Nine-time champion Novak Djokovic will finally defend his title at the Australian Open after exemption from vaccination.
It was not sure if the top-seeded seen will appear for the first Grand Slam of the year or not as ge had not spoken anything on his vaccination status. The Serbian has finally announced that he will be travelling to Melbourne to protect his first major of the year shutting down a long-running drama over the mandatory vaccination status at the tournament.
“I’ve 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,” wrote the World No. One player on his official social media handle. The player has gotten the medical exemption from getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all health, love & joy in every moment & may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.
I’ve spent fantastic quality time with loved ones over break & today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022! pic.twitter.com/e688iSO2d4
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 4, 2022
Winning the Australian Open 2022 trophy will make Djokovic become the player with the most Grand Slams at the men’s singles. Currently, he holds the record of 20 Grand Slams that ties him with Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
The tournament is scheduled to commence on January 17 and the players who want to take part in the major has to be vaccinated or have a medical exemption examined by an independent panel of experts. While the official start of the tennis season has already begun with the ATP Cup, a lot of players are seen preparing for the title. Let’s see if Djokovic can win this one as well.