Djokovic’s "private matter" over Covid jab means he could miss Australian Open

Tennis star Novak Djokovic's "private matter" may cause him to miss the Australian Open next.

The Serbian sensation is a nine-time Open winner in Melbourne, making him the most successful men's singles player in the history of the competition.

But the 34-year-old might not be able to feature due to Covid-19 relegations dictated by the Victorian state government which state athletes must be vaccinated against the virus to compete.

Djokovic is yet to confirm whether he has been jabbed regarding the issue as a "private matter" but the Serbian has previously hit out against mandatory vaccinations.

It is currently unknown if the no.1 seed will be able to compete at the tournament.

Speaking to the online edition of Serbian daily Blic, as reported by, Djokovic stated: “Things being as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne.

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

“Of course I want to go, Australia is my most successful grand slam tournament. I want to compete. I love this sport and I am still motivated.

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“I am following the situation regarding the Australian Open and I understand the final decision (on Covid-related restrictions) will be made in two weeks. I believe there will be a lot of restrictions just like this year, but I doubt there will be too many changes.

“My manager, who is in contact with the Australian Tennis Federation, tells me they are trying to improve the conditions for everyone, both for those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.”
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