Novak Djokovic’s Father Adds Yet Another Twist to His Australian Open Furore

Published 12/21/2021, 11:55 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Novak Djokovic had a phenomenal 2021 season. The Serbinator finished the year as World No. 1 for a record seventh time in a row. Moreover, he also won 3 out of 4 Grand Slams of the year.

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Furthermore, this season, he finally tied the all-time Grand Slam tally with Roger Feder and Rafael Nadal. Thus, the ‘Big Three’ now have 20 Grand Slam titles each.

It seems likely that Novak Djokovic will win surpass Roger and Rafa in Grand Slams eventually. In fact, people expect him to win the Australian Open next month.

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Novak Djokovic requires an exemption in order to defend his title

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at Brighton Beach REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Not only is Novak Djokovic the defending champion at the Australian Open, but he has also won it a record nine times. Moreover, after ever-so-closely missing out on the Calendar Grand Slam this year, the Serb would be looking to bounce back stronger.

Talks of his participation in the Australian Major have been marred with doubts and speculations regarding his vaccination status. The Serbian has time and again refused to disclose his medical status vis-a-vis the Covid-19 vaccine.

Consequently, he even found himself in hot water with Tennis Australia. The authorities have made vaccination mandatory for any player wishing to play in the Australian Grand Slam.

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Recently, in an interview with Russian news outlet K1 Televizija, Novak’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, shed some more light on the matter. “They (Tennis Australia) have to decide whether they will let Novak in,” Srdjan said. “If they decide (to not let Novak play), they have the stand behind their decision.”

 

Djokovic will look to other Majors otherwise

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 13: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates as he holds the trophy after winning his Men’s Singles Final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Fifteen of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 13, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

It seems likely that Novak Djokovic might miss out on contesting for his 21st Grand Slam. In fact, he could also be missing out on furthering his Australian Open record to 10 titles. “He has won the Australian Open nine times, he now wants to play — but they have to permit him to play,” his father explained.

 

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Srdjan was asked what the team will do if they ultimately are not allowed to play in the Australian Open. “We will wait for Rolland Garros and his 21 (21st Grand Slam win),” he replied. “He will win a few more Grand Slam titles until he retires. I think 4 or 5,” Srdjan predicted.

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Srdjan had previously claimed that his son would not play if the vaccine mandates remained compulsory. So far, it seems Novak Djokovic is steady in that promise.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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