Novak Djokovic awaits. “positive news” On whether he will be allowed to play at next year’s Australian Open, he says he doesn’t regret his stance on not getting the Covid-19 vaccine despite missing two Grand Slams this season. .
The 35-year-old was denied the chance to defend his Australian Open in January after being banned by the Australian government over the vaccine.
Djokovic was free to compete at the French Open and Wimbledon – winning the latter tournament – but was again barred from the US Open due to US entry rules on unvaccinated foreigners.
Speaking ahead of the Lever Cup in London on Thursday, Djokovic’s chances of playing at the Australian Open in January were probed.
“It’s really out of my hands right now,” Djokovic said of his possible participation in Melbourne.
“So I’m hoping I get some positive news.”
Australia relaxed its entry rules for all travelers in July, but the rules generally dictate that anyone deported cannot be granted a visa for three years unless the non- Don’t have trivial situations.
Regarding his US Open absence, Djokovic said: “I have no regrets.”
“I mean, I feel sad that I wasn’t able to play. [at Flushing Meadows]But it was a decision I made, and I knew the consequences. So I accepted them, and that was it.
After Rafael Nadal moved two ahead of Roger Federer and Djokovic to 22 Grand Slams with victories at the Australian and French Opens, Djokovic went one step back with his seventh victory at Wimbledon.
Although he has spent more weeks as world number one than anyone else in the history of the ATP Rankings, Djokovic is currently ranked seventh because of his lack of activity and because Wimbledon has attracted Russian players. The ranking points were taken away due to the ban.
Looking to put a challenging year behind him, Djokovic is looking happy at the Lever Cup in the British capital, where Federer will make his final professional appearance in a doubles match with Nadal on Friday.
“I’m not used to making, obviously in the last 15 to 20 years, long breaks between tournaments, but it is what it is,” Djokovic accepted.
“That’s the kind of situation I’ve been in. I’m excited to be able to play here right now and most other indoor ones [tournaments] For the rest of the season.”
In a treat for tennis fans, Djokovic could also pair up with Federer and Nadal at some point as his Team Europe takes on Team World at the three-day tournament in London.
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