'We'll see' – Novak Djokovic reticent over whether he will play Australian Open after vaccine mandate

Novak Djokovic refused to say if he will be attending the Australian Open after it was confirmed that players need to be vaccinated in order to participate in the tournament.

The world number one, who had previously expressed skepticism about vaccinations, responded to a question about the likelihood of his presence in Melbourne with a short letter: “We will see.”

Djokovic said on the subject: “I have not spoken to them. I was just waiting to hear what the news was. Now that I know, we’ll just have to wait and see. “

The 34-year-old spoke out against vaccine mandates again this week, saying: “Freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether I am or someone else.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a vaccination or something else in life. You should be free to choose, to choose what to do. In this special case, what you want to add to your body. “

Djokovic spoke after his ongoing search for a record-breaking sixth Nitto ATP Finals title ended with a semi-final defeat to Alexander Zverev in Turin.

Djokovic’s good friend Zverev hopes the reigning champions can play at Melbourne Park but respects Victoria State’s right to set its own requirements.

He said, “This is a very difficult one because it is very political. But we are visiting another country. This is not about tennis. This is about the virus that is afoot.

“We have to follow the rules and follow the guidelines. I hope he can play. I’m number three in the world so it’s easier to win the tournament when he’s not playing. It is obvious. Plus he’s number one in the world so he should be there.

“Hopefully the Australian government will make an exception or whatever it can do so that he can attend.”

Djokovic, who has not won the ATP final since 2015, prevailed among the last four without losing a set.

But the third seeded Zverev, who ended the hopes of the world number one for a golden slam by winning the Tokyo Olympics, played an excellent game and won 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-3.

On Sunday, the 2018 champions will meet last year’s winner Daniil Medvedev, who won a clear 6: 4 6: 2 win against the Norwegian debutant Casper Ruud.

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