World No. 1 Novak Djokovic appears more uncertain than ever before over whether or not he’ll be competing in next year’s Australian Open Grand Slam competition.
Following an interview with a local Serbian newspaper last week, it has now emerged that the star has serious issues with more than just the prospect of spending 14 days in hard quarantine upon his arrival in Melbourne. The Serbian also appears concerned about having to quarantine whether vaccinated or unvaccinated because of the risk of ending up on a plane alongside a positive case.
Djokovic said he’s plagued by a lot of “bad memories” associated with what happened earlier this year during the 2021 edition of the event. He said at least 70 players ended up in hard quarantine because of what happened en route to the tournament.
The Serb said what many players fear most is being pushed into a situation of hard quarantine through no fault of their own. Djokovic is the president of the breakaway Professional Tennis Players Association and appeared to have lent his ears to several complaints in this regard.
Another worry for the world No. 1 is the worry of getting stuck in a situation where he can’t train for an extended period of time. He said being stuck in a situation of not training and then having to perform at the sport’s highest levels isn’t anybody’s cup of tea.
Djokovic said if such strict conditions were to remain, several of the sport’s top players may end up not signing up for the first Grand Slam of the year.
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