'Djokovic won't want to miss record shot at Australian Open'

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Novak DjokovicDefending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has said helium does not privation to uncover his vaccination status

Novak Djokovic volition not privation to miss the accidental to triumph a grounds 21st Grand Slam rubric astatine the Australian Open, says tourney manager Craig Tiley.

The Serb is level connected 20 Grand Slam wins with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"One of them volition surpass the others. I don't deliberation Novak would privation to permission that to idiosyncratic else," said Tiley.

"Novak has won 9 Australian Opens, I'm definite helium wants to get to 10."

The tourney runs from 17-30 January successful Melbourne and past period Djokovic said helium was uncertain if helium would play.

Tiley has spoken to the satellite fig 1 but is inactive unaware if helium has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

He said that presently 85% of nonrecreational players are vaccinated and helium expects that fig to beryllium "between 90-95%" by the clip of the lawsuit astatine Melbourne Park, wherever fans and unit volition besides beryllium banned if unvaccinated.

Tiley said determination were "one oregon 2 players" who had aesculapian exemptions which are successful enactment with Victoria's authorities wellness rules.

"And truthful it should be, due to the fact that determination shouldn't beryllium immoderate preferential attraction coming into the authorities compared to what the regular assemblage is going through," helium said.

Tennis Australia has besides announced determination volition beryllium a grounds 17 warm-up events staged crossed the states of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, mostly successful the respective authorities capitals of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

They statesman with the ATP Cup squad competition, which returns to Sydney from 1-9 January.

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