World number one in Tennis, Novak Djokovic has today said that he was heading to the Australian Open to defend his title after receiving covid-19 vaccination exemption.
The Australian open which is to begin on the 17th of January has all it’s participants vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical exemption, assessed by an independent panel of experts.
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!” the nine-time Australian Open winner said on his Instagram page
Djokovic’s confirmation already sets a stage for a showdown with Rafael Nadal, who are both gunning for a record 21st Grand Slam title.
The Spanish superstar is already in Melbourne preparing after recovering from covid-19.
Government officials in Victoria state, which hosts the Australian Open, had been adamant for months that only vaccinated players would be able to play the tournament.