Novak Djokovic Urges the Victorian Government to ‘Support’ Tennis Players Participating at the Australian Open

Published 11/19/2020, 3:51 AM EST
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev speaks with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning their group stage match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


The winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic, has had his most successful run at the Australian Open as far as majors are concerned. He has won the Australian Open eight times and will look to add to this number. Taking statistics into consideration, Novak would relish the opportunity of playing in Melbourne.

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The effects of the COVID-19 still loom large. In recent months, there have been sporting events which have resumed. The environment is not the same as one is used to. The Australian Open looks set to take place at the beginning of next year. Tennis Australia and the Victorian Government are working to the best of their abilities in ensuring another great event.

Speaking on this issue, Novak said, “I’m very pleased with the way Craig Tiley and the other staff from Tennis Australia have been trying to fight for us as best conditions as is possible for the players. But it’s also not in their hands obviously, the government of Australia decides and Victoria on the conditions and restrictions and so forth.”

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 18, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his group stage match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Following protocol will be mandatory in Australia

People traveling across borders to different countries have been made to quarantine themselves, depending on the guidelines issued by that particular country. Players will have to follow the same when they get to Australia.

Speaking on this point, Djokovic said, “I hope that there’s going to be support and understanding from the Australian government for the players and for Tennis Australia. And they will allow players to compete in the second week of quarantine and hopefully, that’s going to help immensely with the calendar and everything and you won’t be then losing a week.”

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Djokovic is currently in London aiming to finish the season on a winning note. After falling prey to Daniil Medvedev, the ‘Djoker’ needs to win the last group stage match against Alexander Zverev tomorrow. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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