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Djokovic unsure about Australian Open status, but has no regrets about vaccine decision | Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is still waiting to find out if he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against covid-19.

“It’s not really in my hands at the moment,” Djokovic said Thursday at the Laver Cup. “So I hope to get some positive news.”

Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam champion, second among men behind only Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one ahead of Roger Federer’s 20, and has won a record nine such trophies at Melbourne Park.

But he was deported from Australia in January after a 10-day legal saga that culminated in his visa being revoked; He was originally granted an exemption from strict vaccination rules by two medical panels and Tennis Australia in order to play at the Australian Open.

The 35-year-old has insisted that he will not receive the coronavirus vaccine, even if it means missing tennis events.

He failed to enter two of the four Grand Slam tournaments this season, the Australian Open and the US Open. The United States currently bars entry to foreign nationals who have not received Covid-19 vaccinations, and Djokovic also missed four other North American events in 2022.

Djokovic was able to enter France, losing to Nadal in the quarterfinals at the French Open in June and the UK winning the Wimbledon title in July.

The Laver Cup, which begins in London on Friday, is Djokovic’s first competition since Wimbledon.

“I do not regret anything. I mean, I feel sad because I couldn’t play [at the US Open], but that was a decision that I made and I knew what the consequences would be,” he said Thursday. “So I accepted them, and that’s it.”

Djokovic has spent more weeks as No. 1 in the ATP rankings than anyone else, breaking Federer’s record, and is No. 7 this week, partly due to a lack of activity and partly because no ranking points were awarded at Wimbledon. this year.

“I’m not used to doing, obviously in the last 15-20 years, longer breaks between tournaments, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said. “That’s the situation I was in. I’m excited to be able to play here now and most of the other players indoors. [tournaments] for the rest of the season.”

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