Novak Djokovic will defend his Australian Open title in spite of everything — the Serbian tennis star simply introduced he’ll compete on the Grand Slam occasion after being granted a medical exemption from the COVID vaccine mandate.
“I’ve spent improbable high quality time with my family members over the break and right this moment I am heading Down Underneath with an exemption permission,” Djokovic mentioned on Instagram on Tuesday morning.
“Let’s go 2022.”
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Djokovic’s standing for the tourney in Melbourne had beforehand been in query, as he was unsure if he would take part as a result of issues over Australia’s quarantine guidelines and the occasion’s vaccine mandate.
However, the Australian Open mentioned Tuesday that officers performed two opinions of Djokovic’s software for a medical exemption and granted it — paving the best way for the star’s return to the Aussie courts.
“Djokovic utilized for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous evaluate course of involving two separate unbiased panels of medical consultants,” Australian Open officers mentioned.
Added match director Craig Tiley, “Truthful and unbiased protocols have been established for assessing medical exemption functions that can allow us to make sure Australian Open 2022 is secure and pleasant for everybody.”
Novak — the No. 1-ranked males’s tennis participant on the earth — is at present tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 grand slam titles … and has gained the final three Australian Open titles.
The match is scheduled to run from Jan. 17 to Jan. 30.