October 1, 2022

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on Australian Open | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic continues to be awaiting word on whether or not he’ll be allowed to go back to the Australian Open in January after lacking the match this 12 months as a result of he isn’t vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

“It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic mentioned on Thursday on the Laver Cup.

“So I’m hoping I will get some positive news.”

Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam singles champion — a complete that stands 2d amongst males, at the back of most effective Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one forward of Roger Federer’s 20 — and he has received a file 9 of the ones trophies at Melbourne Park.

But he used to be deported from Australia ultimate January after a 10-day prison saga that culminated along with his visa being revoked; he at the start used to be granted an exemption to strict vaccination laws by way of two scientific panels and Tennis Australia with a purpose to play within the Australian Open.

Australia has since modified its border laws — since July 6, incoming vacationers now not need to have supply evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations, and even supply a unfavourable COVID check.

The Australian Border Force mentioned after Djokovic’s visa used to be canceled that “a person whose visa has been cancelled may be subject to a three-year exclusion period that prevents the grant of a further temporary visa.”

However, it added: “The exclusion period will be considered as part of any new visa application and can be waived in certain circumstances, noting each case is assessed on its own merits.”

A Tennis Australia spokesperson mentioned on Friday that any determination on Djokovic’s visa for the Jan. 16-29, 2023 match used to be no longer its to make.

The 35-year-old Djokovic, who’s from Serbia, has insisted he’ll no longer get the pictures in opposition to the sickness brought about by way of the coronavirus, despite the fact that it approach lacking tennis occasions.

He used to be no longer in a position to go into two of this season’s 4 Grand Slam tournaments, together with the USA Open that ended this month. The United States and Canada these days bar access to international voters who’ve no longer gained COVID-19 vaccines, and so he additionally ignored 4 different occasions in North America in 2022.

Djokovic used to be in a position to get into France, shedding to Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals on the French Open in June, and England, profitable the name at Wimbledon in July.

The Laver Cup, which starts Friday, is Djokovic’s first festival since Wimbledon.

“I don’t have any regrets. I mean, I do feel sad that I wasn’t able to play (at the US Open), but that was a decision that I made and I knew what the consequences would be,” he mentioned on Thursday.

“So I accepted them and that’s it.”

Djokovic has spent extra weeks at No. 1 within the ATP ratings than any person else, breaking Roger Federer’s file, and is No. 7 this week, partially on account of a loss of job and partially as a result of there have been no rating issues awarded to any person at Wimbledon this 12 months.

“I’m not used to making, obviously in the last 15-20 years, longer breaks between the tournaments, but it is what it is,” Djokovic mentioned.

“That’s kind of the situation I was in. I’m just excited to be able to play here now — and most of the other indoor (tournaments) for the rest of the season.”