‘Let’s go 2022!’ – Novak Djokovic ends Australian Open uncertainty
Novak Djokovic is on his way to Australia as he revealed that he has received a medical exemption to compete at the first Slam of 2022.
There has been constant speculation in the lead up to 2022 and into the new year as to whether the nine-time Australian Open champion would be in Melbourne to defend his title.
Now, Djokovic himself has confirmed that he will make an 18th career appearance there as he looks to claim a record 21st Major crown.
“Happy New Year, everybody!” Djokovic captioned a post on his Instagram. “Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love and respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.
“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!”
Recent reports from Serbian media suggested that Djokovic had in fact been denied a medical exemption by Australian officials.
However, those reports now appear to have been mere rumour considering this announcement from the 34-year-old.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has explained in more detail the application process for a medical exemption, particularly the fact that medical panels are blind to the identity of applicants.
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Djokovic has been training in Marbella, Spain in preparation for Australia while news of his participation was left uncertain.
He could be seen hitting on the same surface used at the Melbourne Slam and with official tournament tennis balls.
The Australian Open kicks off on 17th January, with the men’s final taking place on 30th January.
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