World number one Novak Djokovic has once again declined to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, and has said he is unsure if he will defend his title at next year’s Australian Open.

Key points:

  • Novak Djokovic says the status of his vaccination is a “private matter” and an “inappropriate inquiry”
  • The world number one has won the season’s opening grand slam a record nine times, including the last three editions
  • Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says unvaccinated tennis players are unlikely to be allowed at the Australian Open 

The state of Victoria, where the grand slam event takes place in Melbourne, has introduced a vaccine mandate for professional athletes, although authorities have not yet clarified what the requirement will be for those coming from abroad.

“Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,” Djokovic told the online edition of Serbian daily Blic.

“I will not reveal my status, whether I have been vaccinated or not. It is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.

“People go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person. Whatever you say, ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘maybe’, ‘I am thinking about it’, they will take advantage.”

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  1. I hope Novak stays true to his beliefs, and even better, convinces others to maybe boycott Victoria because of it’s draconian mandates. Keep it up Hitler, we’ll soon have every sporting event boycotting Vic.

    1. Straight shooter.
      It’s nice to see athletes of Djokovic’s statues holding the line against a tyrant like the Victorian Premier.
      We all need to do the same.
      Never give in to fascism. Oppoe it wherever you find it.

    2. I have been following the vaccination status of Formula 1 and a few other sport stars. It is clear to me that many aren’t willing to compromise their health because that is a priority to be able to win. Hence, they do not get vaxxed or will not answer the questions if they have been vaxxed or not i.e. they probably are not vaxxed. Some have been openly against the vaxx (Lewis Hamilton), but clearly he bowed to PR/team/sponsorship pressure and did delete twitter posts. However, I note the ruling regulatory authorities can see the writing on the wall so they are trying to circumvent the tyrannical rules laid down by governments so their sport (business) doesn’t fall apart.