LONDON: Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against Covid-19.
“It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday (Friday in Manila) at the Laver Cup. “So I’m hoping I will get some positive news.”
Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam singles champion — a total that stands second among men, behind only Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one ahead of Roger Federer’s 20 — and he has won a record nine of those trophies at Melbourne Park.
But he was deported from Australia last January after a 10-day legal saga that culminated with his visa being revoked; he originally was granted an exemption to strict vaccination rules by two medical panels and Tennis Australia in order to play in the Australian Open.