WATCH: Novak Djokovic’s Family Blatantly Ignore Question Regarding His Medical Exemption

Published 01/10/2022, 11:15 AM EST
BELGRADE, SERBIA – NOVEMBER 15: Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player attends the 2017/2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 7 game between Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and CSKA Moscow with his father Srdjan Djokovic at Kombank Arena on November 15, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Marko Metlas/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)


After a long, hard week, there is finally some positive news for World No.1 Novak Djokovic. It has been confirmed that he will be allowed to compete at this year’s Australian Open, but not without tons of drama. After announcing that he will be participating under medical exemption, all hell broke loose.

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With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it was mandatory for all competitors travelling to Australia to tick some health boxes. Meanwhile Novak Djokovic, who was not fully in line with the guidelines, received exemption permission from Tennis Australia.

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In the aftermath of this, there was a further update that no exemption would be granted, meaning that Djokovic was detained and stranded in a hotel. But after the final court hearing, everything was cleared up. But why exactly did the Serbian need exemption in the first place?

Novak Djokovic’s family avoids question regarding his health

As per some reports, the 20-time Grand Slam champion did not receive a vaccination to take part in the first major of the campaign. In addition to this update, sources claimed that Nole applied for exemption as he tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16th. In a curious case however, the Serbian star was seen at an event on the very next day. Therefore, something does not add up.

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Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Ever since the beginning of this fiasco, Novak’s father Srdjan had been protesting for his son. After the recent court case, it was confirmed that the 34-year-old could vie to retain his coveted crown Down Under. On the other hand, Srdjan and some other members of the family were asked about Djokovic’s whereabouts on December 17th. In a shocking avoidance, they chose not to answer the question, and ended the press conference. Take a look.

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By hook or by crook, at least we have finally arrived at a decision regarding Novak Djokovic’s participation. But are you in favor of the call? Have your say in the comments.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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