Novak Djokovic raced in a 2021 to the limits of perfection, in which he touched the legendary finish line of the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. After winning the first three Slams of the season, the number 1 in the world also reached the final at the US Open, where he literally collapsed one step away from history. A physically and mentally blocked Nole surrendered sharply to Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium, perhaps seeing the dream of winning all four majors in the same year vanish forever. The Serbian champion, who has hooked Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams, will try to overtake in 2022. Meanwhile, the 34-year-old from Belgrade has announced that he will not participate in the upcoming Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. Novak could decide to extend his rest and return directly to the Australian Open 2022, but in the last few days a problem has arisen. The State of Victoria, of which Melbourne is a part, has announced that all professional athletes will have to be fully vaccinated by the end of November in order to be authorized to enter. Many believe that such a measure could create enormous headaches for the nine-time champion of the tournament, who had expressed some doubts about mandatory vaccination.
Craig O’Shannessy on Novak Djokovic
Nevertheless, others, including Daniel Andrews, are moving along with the assumption that Novak Djokovic is yet to be inoculated. “Those titles (20 Grand Slams) won’t protect you either, the only titles that’ll protect you is that you are able to say that you have had your first dose and you have had your second dose,” Daniel Andrews said. Andrews further asserted that the only unvaccinated individuals who would be permitted into the country would be Australian citizens. “Logic and numerous conversations with the Prime Minister tell me that if you are an Australian citizen, you will be allowed home if you haven’t had the jab,” Andrews added. “But if you’re coming on a tourist visa or a business visa, so you’re not an Aussie,” he added. “You are coming to visit – the notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated, I think, is very, very low.” Australian Craig O’Shannessy, a renowned ATP strategist and number cruncher, recently spoke in favor of the vaccine mandate. “It’s Novak’s decision if he wants to get vaccinated. It’s his choice to participate in the Open if there is a mandate,” he said.