While in the states, mandates have subsided, in some respect with Brooklyn Net Kyrie Irving’s return to competition, it seems the same has transpired for the reigning tennis king, Novak Djokovic.
It was reported that the reigning Australian Open champ, Novak Djokovic will be will defend his Australian Open title later this month after receiving a medical exemption from the Covid-19 vaccination. He was initially rumored to miss the event last month as his father, Srdjan insisted that the chairholders of the Open “blackmailed” the players to get vaccinated, despite, by their own admissions, not electing to do so.
Despite the claim, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley came out earlier in the week, stating unvaccinated players had been granted exemptions to play in the year’s first Grand Slam with the exemptions.
Reasons for the exemptions are being assessed anonymously, as inflammatory cardiac illness, acute conditions, or recent immunization through recently testing positive are all looked on as possible exceptions to the rule.
The 9-time champ, who remained private for the whole ordeal, took to Instagram to express his sentiments:
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading down under with an exemption permission.
“Let’s go 2022. I am ready to live and breathe tennis in the next few weeks of competition.”