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Novak Djokovic Not Playing Tennis at Upcoming Australian Open

World No. 1 Tennis player Novak Djokovic, 34 was denied a medical exemption by the Victorian government and will not be playing in next month's Australian Open as reported by Serbian daily newspaper Informer. It is required that all players be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption.


A few weeks ago Australian Open officials were hinting Tennis pro, Novak Djokovic may be medically exempt from the mandatory coronavirus vaccine requirements to play in the major tournament.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley had told the local media, The Age that a “small percentage” of players would be granted medical exemptions from the vaccine mandate.


Tiley declined to say which players would be granted medical exemptions or for what reasons, Tiley also “expressed confidence” that Djokovic would play.


Djokovic has steadfastly refused to reveal his vaccination status.

Tiley said: “If Novak shows up at the Australian Open, he’ll either be vaccinated or he’ll have a medical exemption. [It’s] his choice on his medical condition, it’s his choice to keep personal and private like all of us would do with any condition we may or may not have."


It is clear that the Victorian government has fallen through and would not be granting this against all hopes of fans that were hoping Djokovic would be able to play.

It has not been made clear what conditions apply for one to be medically exempt from getting the vaccine even though most organisations, institutions and facilities always mention that individuals with "certain" medical conditions can apply for medical exemptions in order to participate in the workplace, public spaces or public events.

The significant imposing of vaccine mandates at this level has also been castigated as the reason for vaccine hesitancy with many experts stating that voluntary vaccine policies result in a better uptake to get more people vaccinated.

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