Novak Djokovic to take part in ATP Cup, organizers say

No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will compete in the ATP Cup in Sydney, Australia in January, tournament organizers announced on Tuesda...


No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will compete in the ATP Cup in Sydney, Australia in January, tournament organizers announced on Tuesday. The announcement came after weeks of speculation that Djokovic would travel to Australia for the Australian Open Grand Slam due to vaccine requirements.

The ATP Cup announcement that Djokovic would play for the Serbian squad during the tournament, which will take place in the first nine days of the month. The cup is a precursor to the Australian Open, which will be held in Melbourne from January 17-30. However, it is still not known if Djokovic will participate in this competition. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

Australia has imposed a temporary two-week ban on international arrivals due to the Omicron variant. Before that, the government announced that certain categories of visa holders would be allowed to enter the country freely if they were vaccinated. Authorities have put a cap on the number of unvaccinated travelers who can enter the country per week, and they have been required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

In October, defending champion and nine-time Australian Open winner Djokovic told Serbian media that he might not attend the Australian Open because he would not disclose his vaccination status.

Daniel Andrews, the prime minister of Victoria, the state of which Melbourne is the capital, said Victoria would not allow entry of unvaccinated players.

Last week Mr. Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, said his son was unlikely to participate in the tournament “under these blackmail and conditions”.

Novak Djokovic’s remark in October sparked series of contradictory statements between Australian government ministers and tournament organizers on entry requirements for international visitors.

Alex Hawk, the immigration minister, said unvaccinated players could not enter Australia.

The Women’s Tennis Association told its players in a email leak that unvaccinated players would be allowed to enter the country, although they would have to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said something similar: Unvaccinated players could enter, but would have to comply with the quarantine requirements of the state they arrived in.



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