Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge absolutely wants to see world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2022.
Victoria Premier Dan Andrews made it clear unvaccinated players won’t be allowed to compete at the Australian Open and there would be no exceptions made.
Djokovic indicated on several occasions that he is unvaccinated and that he would prefer not to be mandated to get vaccinated.
“It’s difficult,” Woodbridge told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“He’s obviously had COVID-19 … he probably feels he’s got some special strength against it.
“The reality is, the rest of the world is doing what we’re doing. I think at some point you probably think he’s going to have to get vaccinated.”
Tennis Australia can’t help Djokovic
Reportedly, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley asked for an exception to be made for Djokovic but he was quickly rejected.
“It’s going to be taken out of Tennis Australia’s hands, it will be what the government decides you’ve got to do to get into the country,” Woodbridge noted.
“If he wants to come and play in the Australian Open, it’s looking likely he will have to take that vaccination.
“Personally I think that’s a good thing. But it has been put out there for a while now to the playing group that this is the most likely scenario if you want to come down to Australia.”
Woodbridge would be “shocked” if Djokovic indeed missed the Australian Open.
“With so much on the line for Novak, you’ve got to think that he’s seriously going to think about it … he’s tied at 20 with Roger and Rafa for Grand Slam titles and he wants to take that over and spread that gap,” Woodbridge added.
“Coming to the tournament that he’s won so much, you’ve got to think he’s seriously thinking about doing it. It would be a shock to me if he doesn’t come to Australia.”