Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement


Novak Djokovic WILL play in Australian Open this month after controversially being given Covid vaccine medical exemption

WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic WILL play at the Australian Open this month after controversially being given a Covid medical exemption.

The Serbian superstar would not reveal whether he has been vaccinated against coronavirus after initially saying he would refuse.

Novak Djokovic will head to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Open this month
The world No1 took to social media to tell fans of the news

But doubts over his defence of the first Grand Slam of the year increased when tournament chiefs confirmed players would need to be vaccinated to compete.

And his late withdrawal from the ATP Cup in Sydney further suggested he would not be competing in Australia.

However, Djokovic has been granted a special pass allowing him to compete.

The nine-time champ wrote on social media: “I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022.”

He added a photo of himself with his tennis bag packed at an airport, ready to set off for the journey.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The decision has already sparked plenty of furious reaction among tennis fans and Victoria state residents, especially with the strict lockdown rules in Melbourne for much of the last two years.

The Australian Open gets underway on January 17.

Should Djokovic successfully go all the way in Melbourne, he will overtake Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on to a record-breaking 21 singles majors.

Nadal, fit again after a foot injury, is already in Melbourne and has been practising with five-time runner-up Andy Murray.

Federer is absent, though, as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.

More to follow…

Did you miss our previous article…

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.




HE is the only Brit still in the running, smashing and volleying for a Wimbledon singles victory next weekend – but you would never...


TIGER WOODS’ chances of playing in the Open next week look grim, after he was forced to use a buggy on his return to...


JOE ROOT and Jonny Bairstow left England dreaming of their most remarkable feat even of this remarkable summer.  It would have been unbelievable just...


TYSON FURY was spotted at a Liverpool pub last weekend without his top on. The WBC heavyweight champion is currently living his best life...


THE war of words between Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has intensified ahead of their September trilogy bout. Mexican star Canelo, 31, returns to...

Horse Racing

THIS week’s July Cup is the Perfect example of the perils antepost punters face. The 7-4 favourite Perfect Power is by no means guaranteed...