Will Novak Djokovic also miss the legendary Wimbledon tournament?
According to media reports, there is also a threat of exclusion from the Grand Slam classic in England if the tennis world number one does not get vaccinated.
According to the British newspapers “Telegraph” and “Mirror”, those responsible for the London tournament do not want to give any assurance that Djokovic will be able to defend his title in the lawn spectacle next summer. In doing so, they would go beyond the current corona rules of the British government. So far, unvaccinated top athletes have been allowed to enter the UK to train and compete there.
It had previously become known that the title defense at the French Open in May was over for the 34-year-old Serb if he continued not to be vaccinated. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu had announced that national and international athletes will only be able to compete in France if they are vaccinated or have recovered. Participation in the US Open in New York is also only possible for vaccinated people.
Novak Djokovic was expelled from Australia on Sunday after days of legal battle. The world number one wanted to take part in the Australian Open unvaccinated with a medical exemption. However, his visa had been canceled because Djokovic could not provide sufficient evidence for the special permit. The federal court in Melbourne declared the visa withdrawal to be legal, after which the Serb had to leave the country.
The Informer newspaper, which appears in Belgrade, headlined on Tuesday: “Novak has to make a decision: vaccination or end of career. If he can’t play, he loses 40 million euros in sponsorship money.” The Serbian newspaper “Vecernji Novosti” raged: “One door after the other is closing for Novak: they will not allow him to become the number one of all time”.