Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

‘You will know very soon’ – Novak Djokovic confirms Australian Open decision is imminent

Novak Djokovic has again refused to commit to the Australian Open, saying “I know what you want but I’m not going to give you an answer tonight” but will reveal his decision “very soon.”

World number one Novak Djokovic’s participation at the Australian Open has been clouded with doubt for several months as he is yet to reveal his Covid-19 vaccination status.

20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic has previously said people will have to “wait and see” in terms of his vaccination decision and Australian Open commitment.

After much deliberation between politicians, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley announced that players will have to be vaccinated in order to compete at the ‘Happy Slam’. Although, there will be some exemptions based on one’s medical circumstances.

Djokovic’s father Srdjan has recently labelled the Australian Open’s vaccination rules as “blackmail”, but Victoria Sport Minister Martin Pakula responded saying “it’s not blackmail, it’s about your responsibility to the community you’re welcomed into.”

Speaking with the press after Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, Djokovic told reporters “I understand you want some answers on where I start the season, how I start it.

“I’m really, really tired from this season and this whole year, so I just prefer sticking to the family quality time, rehab mode, then let’s see what the future brings.

“You will be informed. I know what you want. I’m not going to give you an answer tonight. I know what you want to ask me.

“But you will be informed. That’s all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date. Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon.”

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