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Djokovic will not play in Sydney and the chances that he will not play the Australian Open grow

Serbian Novak Djokovic, number one in men’s tennis, will not play the ATP Cup in Sydney between January 1 and 9, so his presence at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year to be played in Melbourne between January 17, is in jeopardy. and January 30.

“Novak will not go to the ATP Cup 99%. He is training here in Belgrade but decided to skip that tournament,” published the Serbian newspaper Blic, according to the AFP news agency.

Djokovic, 34, and nine times champion in Australia (the last three in a row), was aiming for Melbourne to break the record of 20 Grand Slam titles that he shares with Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who is isolated for having been infected with coronavirus and He did not specify whether he will play the tournament, and the Swiss Roger Federer, inactive due to injury until mid-2022.

In the event that “Nole” decides to play in Melbourne Park, he should first confirm if he is vaccinated, something that he has never done until now, since the Grand Slam organization requires that tennis players, their environment and other team members have the scheme of complete vaccination or otherwise they must present a medical exemption that justifies it.

According to the daily Blic, Djokovic “will announce at the end of the year whether or not he will go to Australia”, in a decision that will affect his future since it is his favorite Grand Slam, where he won nine times. In case of winning it, he would exclusively seize the record with 21 greats, leaving behind Nadal and Federer.


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