NOVAK DJOKOVIC is one of just THREE players in the men’s and women’s top 100 not to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was deported by Australian authorities earlier this week after the country’s immigration minister revoked his visa.
And Djokovic does not have much company when it comes to not being jabbed.
According to The Telegraph, American Tennys Sandgren was the only other male player in the ATP top 100 not to have been fully vaccinated ahead of the Australian Open.
He subsequently revealed that was the reason behind him not competing there.
Meanwhile on the women’s tour, the WTA revealed that 99 of the top 100 players have been jabbed.
The one player who has not been vaccinated remains unnamed.
Everyone competing in the Melbourne Grand Slam had to be fully vaccinated or receive a medical exemption ahead of the tournament.
The Australian Open began on Monday.
Djokovic was granted an exemption as it appeared he looked set to defend his Australian Open title.
But he was later thwarted by government officials as a chaotic court row ended in his deportation.
Vaccination rates among tennis players have shot up due to the strict border controls enforced by Australia.
At the 2021 US Open five months ago, around half of the players had still not been vaccinated.
World No4 Stefano Tsitsipas was among those who said they would not be jabbed unless it became mandatory in order to compete.
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And in the days before the first Slam of 2022, vaccination rates among the women’s players rose from 85 per cent to 99 per cent.
Meanwhile, Djokovic could run into similar issues at the French Open and US Open.
France have implemented a vaccine pass system for all sportspeople, while the US are also keen to keep out those who are not jabbed.