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Djokovic criticised for medical exemption to play at Australian Open

Seven-times Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie Murray was amongst these to query the choice to grant world primary Novak Djokovic a medical exemption from getting vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 so as to compete on the Australian Open.

Djokovic, gunning for a tenth title at Melbourne Park later this month, was cleared to play within the 12 months’s first main on Tuesday by Tennis Australia.

The governing physique had stipulated that every one contributors have to be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus or have a medical exemption granted by an impartial panel of specialists.

Murray mentioned it might have been troublesome for him to get an analogous exemption if he have been within the Serbian’s place.

“I imply, I don’t know what to say about that actually… I feel if it was me that wasn’t vaccinated I wouldn’t be getting an exemption,” the Briton mentioned throughout the ATP Cup in Sydney.

“However nicely executed to him for getting clear to come back to Australia and compete.”

Paul Annacone, a former coach to Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, mentioned it was his understanding that functions for medical exemptions have been executed anonymously.

“The 2 panels it goes via have no idea who the particular person is, they only have a look at the signs,” Annacone mentioned on the Tennis Channel.

“If that integrity is upheld, then what’s executed is finished. However there’s going to be lots of questions requested.”

Annacone mentioned Djokovic ought to nonetheless anticipate some stress from tennis followers in Australia, who’ve needed to endure a number of lockdowns attributable to COVID-19 over the previous two years.

“However Novak Djokovic is fairly good when there’s somewhat little bit of antagonism happening,” he mentioned.

American participant Taylor Townsend mentioned the crowds would come round as soon as they noticed Djokovic in motion.

“When he steps out on the court docket and he begins to show what he does nicely, which is play superb tennis and entertain, I feel that they’re going to be very completely satisfied,” she mentioned.

Britain’s captain on the ATP Cup Liam Broady mentioned that there was no possibility however to belief that Djokovic had a legitimate cause to hunt an exemption.

The choice, nonetheless, was condemned by journalists and former athletes in Australia.

Melbourne-based broadcaster Andy Maher mentioned: “Djokovic is an all-time nice, however not important.”

Former Australian Guidelines participant Corey McKernan tweeted: “Individuals with family members who’re dying/some needing pressing therapy can not get into their very own states. You inform individuals they will’t go to Coles or a restaurant with out being vaxxed however for those who’re world primary you get a move?”

Victory on the Australian Open, which will get underway on Jan. 17, will give Djokovic his twenty first main title, yet one more than the joint-record he shares with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

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