1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will qualify for the ATP Cup in Sydney, Australia, in January, tournament organizers said on Tuesday. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation over whether Djokovic will travel to Australia for the Australian Open Grand Slam due to vaccination requirements.
ATP Cup announced It is stated that Djokovic will play for the Serbian team in the tournament that will take place on the first nine days of the month. The Cup heralds the Australian Open, which will be held in Melbourne from 17-30 January. However, it is not yet clear whether Djokovic will participate in this competition. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Australia has placed a temporary two-week ban on international arrivals due to the Omicron variant. Prior to that, the government announced that some visa holders would be allowed to enter the country freely if they were vaccinated. Authorities have capped the number of unvaccinated passengers that can enter the country each week and are required to quarantine for two weeks after arrival.
In October, reigning champion and nine-time Australian Open winner Djokovic told a Serbian news outlet that he may not be attending the Australian Open as he will not reveal his vaccination status.
Daniel Andrews, the prime minister of the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, said Victoria will not allow entry to unvaccinated players.
Last week, Mr. Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, said his son is unlikely to attend in the tournament “under these blackmails and conditions”
Novak Djokovic’s words in October begin contradictory statements About the entry requirements for international visitors between Australian government ministers and tournament organizers.
Immigration minister Alex Hawk said unvaccinated players would not be able to enter Australia.
The Women’s Tennis Federation told its players: leaked email Unvaccinated players will be allowed to enter the country, but will need to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said something similar: Unvaccinated players will be able to enter, but will have to comply with quarantine requirements for the state they come from.