Djokovic, closer to the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is getting closer every day to confirming his presence at the Australian Open 2022 to revalidate the title achieved in 2021 and thus assault his Grand Slam number 21 to break the tie to 20 greats that he maintains with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

Although the Serbian has not yet confirmed his final decision on whether or not he will attend the Australian Open, Djokovic appears in the Serbian team to compete in the ATP Cup in Sydney from January 1 to 9, so his presence in the first Grand Slam of the year is taken for granted, since it is also played on Australian soil, in Melbourne, during the second fortnight of January.

However, it all depends on the difference in legislation between the state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, and the state of Victor.ia, where Melbourne is located, with tougher legislation on coronavirus cases. In fact, several Australian media point out that New South Wales could apply an exception and allow Djokovic to play after serving two weeks of quarantine. In this case, Djokovic should fly to Australia on December 16 to complete the 14 days of isolation before competing., in what has already been described as a “loophole” for the unvaccinated to play in the Australian Open. In this way Djokovic could play in the Australian Open if he presents a certificate of medical exemption that must be assessed by Australian medical experts.

Djokovic, who already won the first edition of the tournament in 2020 against Spain (a confrontation that will be repeated in the 2022 edition although, this time, in the group stage), he hopes to remove the thorn from failing to win the title last year and also from the recent Davis Cup, where Croatia deprived Djokovic and Serbia of playing in the final. The ATP Cup is also shaping up to be the last test for Djokovic before the Australian Open, where except for a major surprise, Djokovic will once again defend his throne.

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