Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaits approval for Australian Open 2023

Novak Djokovic awaits a response from Australian Open authorities ahead of the 2023 edition of the tournament. Having missed out the tournament in 2022 for not getting required vaccinations for COVID-19, it seems unlikely that he will get a permit from the Australian government to play in the tournament he has been most successful in his career. 

Novak Djokovic awaits a response from Australian Open authorities ahead of the 2023 edition of the tournament. Having missed out the tournament in 2022 for not getting required vaccinations for COVID-19, it seems unlikely that he will get a permit from the Australian government to play in the tournament he has been most successful in his career. 

Djokovic is a nine-time champion in Melbourne and is looking to enter double digits and made it 21 grand slam triumphs in Wimbledon 2022. He said that he’s awaiting a decision and hoping for some positive news. However, he mentioned that he is aware of the consequences and has no regrets about it. 

“It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday at the Laver Cup. “So I’m hoping I will get some positive news.” 

“I don’t have any regrets. I mean, I do feel sad that I wasn’t able to play (at the U.S. 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.”

He also said that he is not willing to take the vaccination shots and is ready to miss out on tournaments if that is the price to pay. Djokovic is among the few sporting personalities in the world who denied taking the COVID-19 vaccination, which includes German footballer Joshua Kimmich. 

Djokovic currently is number seven in the world and is competing in the Laver Cup, a tournament completely shadowed by Roger Federer, who will be playing his final game of his professional career on Friday. 

The Serbian missed out on two grand slams, in Australia and the US. He was deported from Australia after a 10-day legal stay but had no problem with the auditors in France and England. He won Wimbledon and lost in the French Open quarterfinal to Rafael Nadal. He also missed four other tournaments in North America for not meeting the vaccination regulations. 

Djokovic currently is one short of Rafael Nadal’s all-time grand slam-tally. Nadal won his 22nd slam in France, whilst Djokovic moved one closer a month later.