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No clarity on Novak Djokovic’s participation, with ATP Cup days away

With gamers beginning to arrive in Sydney for the lads’s season-opening ATP Cup, there was nonetheless no readability on Monday whether or not top-ranked Novak Djokovic can be participating within the workforce match or within the Australian Open that follows.

There was intense hypothesis over Djokovic’s participation on the Australian Open, which begins on January 17, with the 34-year-old, who’s against vaccinations, repeatedly declining to say if he has been innoculated in opposition to Covid-19. The speed of vaccination within the high 100 in males’s tennis is 95%, based on ATP Tour knowledge.

With the organisers of the Grand Slam confirming that each one gamers and contributors at Melbourne Park have to be vaccinated or have a medical exemption granted by an unbiased panel of consultants, Djokovic has stored everybody guessing.

If the Serbian doesn’t flip up, world No 2 Daniil Medvedev can be the highest draw on the ATP Cup, and he has already arrived in Sydney to assist Russia defend its title.

Djokovic, 34, has received a report 9 Australian Open titles, together with the final three, and the possibilities of him enjoying Down Underneath improved when he was named in Serbia’s workforce for the ATP Cup.

However on Saturday, a report in Serbian every day Blic stated Djokovic wouldn’t be travelling to Sydney for the match, including to doubts over whether or not he’ll play at Melbourne Park from January 17.

His father Srdjan informed a Serbian tv channel final month that Djokovic would in all probability pull out of the key, saying Tennis Australia’s stance on necessary vaccination was tantamount to “blackmail”.

Djokovic’s pullout will, nonetheless, not affect Serbia’s participation within the match which has a $10 million prize purse, with the groups locked in on December 7 primarily based on participant entries.

Owing to Djokovic’s present world rating, Serbia obtained high billing for the 16-team ATP Cup from January 1-9 and have been put in Group A together with Norway, Chile and Spain when the draw was held earlier this month.

With Serbia, who received the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020, scheduled to open its marketing campaign on Saturday, time is operating out for Djokovic to play in Sydney after which in Melbourne, the place he would have an opportunity to interrupt a three-way tie for 20 main titles, presently shared with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

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