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Tennis-Djokovic still slams about playing at the Australian Open

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Tennis – Davis Cup Semi-Final – Serbia v Croatia – La Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – December 3, 2021 Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory over Marin Cilic REUTERS / Susana Vera of Croatia

December 3, 2021

MADRID (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic is still uncertain if he will attend the Australian Open 2022 but will make a decision soon, the world number one said after Serbia’s 1-2 defeat to Croatia in the Davis Cup semi-finals. on Friday.

Djokovic, 34, has repeatedly refused to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, when his father Srdjan told Serbian TV channel Prva last week that the tennis player ranked top in the world. may withdraw from the tournament.

“I know what you want to ask but I’m not going to give you an answer tonight,” Djokovic said at a virtual press conference following a question about when he might be expected to appear in court again. .

“Obviously, Australia is close by so you’ll know very soon.

“I will use the next days to recover and forget about tennis. I’m really tired of this season and this year. I need some family time right now and we’ll see what the future holds,” he added.

Organizers of the first Grand Slam of the season at Melbourne Park have said all players must be vaccinated to participate, Srdjan Djokovic https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/australias-vaccine- mandate-is-not-blackmail -djokovic-minister-2021-12-01 is called ‘blackmail’. Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula dismissed the criticism.

If Djokovic misses the January 17-30 event in which he has won a record nine times, he will pass up his chance to top the men’s list of all-time major winners when he has 20 Grand Slams each with colleagues Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.

Djokovic looked grimaced after a brave attempt to propel 2010 champion Serbia into the Davis Cup final fell through to traditional rivals and two-time former champion Croatia, who won 2-1 on aggregate.

Djokovic beat Serbia with a consecutive set win over Marin Cilic after Croatia’s Borna Gojo overpowered Dusan Lajovic, but Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic couldn’t stop world number one Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in a rough tackle. .

“We always knew it was going to be the hardest match of the matches,” said Djokovic. “To win the Davis Cup (again) we need more doubles players, we need a doubles team.

“These guys are the best in the world. They always know exactly where the ball is going to land and if you don’t get the perfect shot you’re in trouble.”

Croatia will clash in Sunday’s match against Germany or the Russian Tennis Federation, who will meet in the other semi-final on Saturday.

(Written by Zoran Milosavljevic; Edited by Ken Ferris)

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