Djokovic’s father sends warning to Australian Open – “They have to permit him to play”

Novak Djokovic’s father sent a warning to the Australian Open authorities, suggesting that they let his son play.

Djokovic faces a battle to join the Australian Open. The Serbian is yet to confirm if he has taken the COVID-19 vaccine, something that has been mandated for Melbourne.

The World No. 1 wants to take part in order to compete for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title. Winning it would send him above Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and into the history books. However, his entry is still very much in doubt, something his family has taken exception to.

Djokovic’s father sent a warning to the Australian Open authorities, telling them that the ball is very much in their court.

“They have to decide whether they will let Novak in,” Srdjan Djokovic said, as quoted by Fox Sports Australia.

“If they decide (to not let Novak play), they have the stand behind their decision. He has won the Australian Open nine times, he now wants to play — but they have to permit him to play.

There’s no special treatment for Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Djokovic (pictured) wants to enter the Australian Open. Source: Getty Images

“Novak will do what he thinks is the best for him, nobody will impose an opinion on him.”

Born winner

Srdjan also gave his thoughts on his son’s future and his career prospects, and said that he is confident of him breaking more records.

“He will win a few more grand slam titles until he retires. I think four or five (more),” he continued.

“He will win at least twice in Wimbledon and some other slams for sure.

“Do you doubt that? You don’t need to be an expert, but Novak will play for another two to three years and this will be enough.”

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