The Victorian government has mandated that all athletes in the state be completely vaccinated by the end of November, which could cause issues for unvaccinated tennis players hoping to compete in the Australian Open.
Unvaccinated players may find themselves in a difficult situation early in the season, having to choose between getting vaccinated and skipping the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic, the nine-time Australian Open winner, is said to be unvaccinated and one of the players who could have difficulties.
Meanwhile, US Open champion Emma Raducanu has stated that she will go to whatever length to compete in the Australian Open.
“Whatever it takes to be able to play the Australian Open, I’ll do it,” Raducanu stated at ‘The Homecoming’, an LTA event honouring the United Kingdom’s US Open victors.
“Like a battle in my mind I just want to be at the Australian Open and I want to compete there, so whatever it takes, I’ll go.”
Ibrahimovic speaks about Djokovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently discussed Novak Djokovic’s mental characteristics, claiming that the Serb is similar to him in several ways.
Djokovic, according to Ibrahimovic, is a “complete athlete” who, like him, has increased his mental prowess with time.
“First of all, he’s (Novak Djokovic) a Balkan head: when you explode you do well, when you get angry you do the best you can,” Ibrahimovic said, according to reports on Eurosport.
“You are more focused, more careful. When Nole plays and gets angry he brings out his best, and that’s how I feel alive.”
AC Milan striker sees Novak Djokovic as a lot like himself.
“He’s a complete athlete,” Ibrahimovic added.
“The head, with little experience, is not there. With experience, the mindset grows. Nole is like me.”
The Indian Wells 2021 tournament will be held from October 4 to 17. Regrettably, some of the biggest names in tennis, like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, will not be competing in the men’s draw.
Both the Swiss ace and the Spanish took the decision to call off a season earlier this month. This was due to long-term injuries. Star players like Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will not be competing in the women’s draw.
Williams hasn’t played in a competitive match since losing at Wimbledon. She even missed the US Open due to a hamstring injury. In the case of the Japanese tennis player, she felt she needed a break from the sport.