Novak Djokovic Still Uncertain About Australian Open 2022 Participation

Published 11/21/2021, 4:56 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


World No. 1 player Novak Djokovic began the season brilliantly, winning the Australian Open title for the 9th time in his career. However, he has been making announcements that are not good for him and tennis. 

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After the officials in Tennis Australia revealed that only players who are vaccinated will be able to compete in the tournament in 2022, the latest development put Novak Djokovic on the backfoot. 

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Novak Djokovic is firm on his ground 

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has still stuck to his stance of not wanting to get vaccinated. It is a personal decision, according to the Serb and the organizers have maintained their decision too. He has held this decision for a while and from the looks of it, he is still undecided about traveling to Australia. 

Due to this, Novak has revealed that he would not travel to Melbourne to defend his title. The World No. 1 from Serbia stated, “Will see If I’ll be in Australia to defend my title”. The 34-year-old player was speaking to the media after losing in the semifinal to Alexander Zverev. 

Coming to tennis, Djokovic began the year winning the Australian Open title. After that, he played one of the matches of the season when he managed to get the better of Nadal in the semifinal of the French Open

He then went on to win the title by beating Tsitsipas in the final despite being two sets down. Soon after, he won the Wimbledon Championships, which put him on par with his rivals, Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles each. 

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Daniil Medvedev was the only player to halt the Serb 

Sadly, he was unable to win the US Open as he was halted by the Russian powerhouse Daniil Medvedev. However, he beat him in the Rolex Paris Masters final. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts against Kei Nishikori of Japan during his Men’s Singles third round match of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

All in all, there are plenty of positives to look back on. The 34-year-old player has had one of the best seasons in his career. All eyes will be on the Serb if he decides to come down to Melbourne to defend his title. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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