Novak Djokovic is in danger of being banned from the Australian Open as a result of his anti-Vaxxer position.
The Serbian player openly opposes getting vaccinated, but has been warned that he will be forcibly given ‘the best chance to play’.
Players were forced to quarantine ahead of this year’s tournament in Melbourne, but have since been relatively free to travel elsewhere in the world.
And Victoria’s Sports Minister Martin Pakula has warned tennis stars that they will be barred from playing at January’s Grand Slam if they are not jab.
He said: “If I were an ATP or WTA player, I would have been vaccinated.
“While this would give him the best chance of playing at the Australian Open, there may be more minimal restrictions for those.
“Whether or not unvaccinated people are allowed (in Australia), I don’t know the answer yet.
“This is going to be a topic, I suspect, of discussion in the national cabinet and between the federal cabinet.
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“As far as the rules that apply around the Australian Open are concerned, in particular, we are in discussions with Tennis Australia and the Department of Health.”
Victoria’s government has introduced a vaccine requirement for authorized workers – including sports stars.
Tennis Australia is yet to disclose plans and restrictions for the 2022 Open.
But Djokovic has previously opposed being forced to get vaccinated.
In April 2020, the world number 1 said: “I am opposed to vaccination, and I do not want anyone to be forced to take the vaccine in order to be able to travel.”
Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 20 Grand Slams.
And while it is unclear how Australian officials will deal with overseas players, Djokovic runs the risk of breaking the record and not being able to reach 21.
If he is able to play then the Serb will probably be the favorite.
About 50 percent of ATP and WTA Tour players were fully vaccinated before August’s US Open.
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