Novak Djokovic celebrates Serbia's WC qualification
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Novak Djokovic has been warned that he risks being forced to miss out on multiple Grand Slams this season if he continues to refuse to reveal his vaccination status. The Serbian’s Australian Open participation is in big doubt, and he may miss other events if he does not alter his stance.
The first major of the year is set to get under way in Melbourne on January 17.
Djokovic is the defending champion, but is yet to be spotted Down Under and it seems time is running out for the Serbian to make an appearance before the first Slam of the year gets underway.
If he does not take part, then his chance of another attempt at the Calendar Slam will be over at the first hurdle, after falling at the last in 2021.
Djokovic has repeatedly refused to reveal whether or not he has been jabbed against Covid 19, citing medical privacy for his silence.
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But his refusal looks set to cost him a chance of playing for a record 21st Grand Slam title, as he is not expected to be given a medical exemption to avoid Victorian restrictions and travel rules surrounding vaccination.
While missing out on this competition would be bad enough for the world number one, his former coach Ricardo Piatti has warned it may not be the last major tournament he is forced to miss out on.
The Italian, who coached Djokovic between 2005 and 2006, said he also runs the risk of being excluded from Wimbledon and the US Open unless he changes his stance.
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“Djokovic may only play at Roland Garros because you have to be vaccinated to enter the United Kingdom and also outside Europe,” Piatti told Italian reporters at the ATP Cup.
Under current travel rules, people must be fully vaccinated in order to enter the UK. And non-US citizens must also be fully jabbed to get into the States.
The latter rule could be an even bigger blow to Djokovic, as he would also miss out on Masters events in Miami, Indian Wells and Cincinnati.
Missing out on so many big events would certainly affect the Serbian’s ranking, with his status as world number one under threat if he is absent from so many competitions.
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has said fans will soon find out a final decision on whether or not Djokovic, who has been training in Spain, will play in Melbourne.
“As far as the status relates to [Djokovic], I think we’ll have a much clearer picture in the coming days,” he said.
If he does not take part, it will be the first time he has missed the event since he was a fresh-faced 18-year-old in 2005.
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