Novak Djokovic Australian Open chances in doubt again as leaked email causes 'setback'


    Even if unvaccinated players are allowed to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year, Djokovic could still opt out of playing if a hard quarantine is retired.

    The 34-year-old took issue when a number of players were forced to undergo a last-minute two-week hotel quarantine during the event earlier this year, if they had been on a flight with someone who tested positive, even if they continued to test negatve.

    He also recently told Serbian newspaper Blic: “The main problem is that if you are on a plane with a person who is positive, whether you are vaccinated or not, you automatically have to go to the room for 14 days.”

    The WTA Player Council email also revealed that Tennis Australia had not yet communicated what would happen to players who found themselves in the same situation again in January.

    “We understand that the issue of close contacts is a key issue for everyone. It is not 100% resolved yet but we do expect a further update from Tennis Australia on this topic on our player call scheduled for Friday,” they wrote.

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