’Unfair on Novak’: Craig Tiley Defends Novak Djokovic Amid Australian Open 2022 Fiasco

Published 12/21/2021, 7:54 AM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar


The Australian government’s guidelines regarding vaccination for the Australian Open are extremely strict and they’re making room for no exemptions. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has had a contentious relationship with the topic and has, on various occasions, made his feelings known about the subject.  

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Recently, Australian Open director and CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley spoke about Djokovic’s stance about the issue. He sided with the Serb and felt that things have been unfair for him. 

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Tiley spoke on this subject and stated, “In many ways, it’s been a bit unfair on Novak. He’s said his medical information is private and confidential. He’s won [the Australian Open] nine times, which is really remarkable. Of his 20 grand slam titles, nearly half [were] here. Because of that journey [I have] spent a lot of time with him.”

Novak Djokovic deserves importance for the success 

Djokovic has been the most successful player in the history of the Happy Slam, winning the tournament a record 9-times. Thus, it makes sense that the tournament director has some sympathy for the Serb. 

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The director felt that Djokovic’s decision regarding the vaccine is a person one and he should have the option whether to share it or not. However, Tiley did reveal that Nole would be talking about that soon with the relevant authorities.  

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The 59-year-old further added, “I completely understand where he’s coming from, relative to his medical position is a personal one and he’s got every right to keep that personal. He’ll disclose, shortly, that position.”

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Coming to his 2021 season, Djokovic won three out of four Grand Slam events this season, including a record-extending 9th Australian Open title. He reached the US Open final but sadly lost, which stopped him from winning all four Majors this season. Nonetheless, we wish him all the best for the upcoming 2022 season. 

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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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