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.
- 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.”