World Number One Novak Djokovic confirmed he will play the Australian Open without vaccination under a medical exemption.
The tournament, in keeping with local rules, will only allow vaccinated players to participate, although they did allow for players to make an application for a medical exemption.
Djokovic has been widely labelled an anti-vaxxer, a claim that he has denied. He insists that he is pro-choice and has repeatedly refused to be drawn into giving an answer about his vaccination status.
However, in an Instagram post Djokovic has confirmed he is on his way to Australia after his medical exemption application was approved.
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“Happy New Year, everybody,” Novak Djokovic wrote. “Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love and respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!”
Djokovic will have to head into the Australian Open with minimal match practice though, although he has been preparing in Spain.
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