NOVAK DJOKOVIC was unable to compete at the Australian Open having opted against taking the vaccine.
Novak Djokovic’s biographer has now claimed the world No 1 will “get vaccinated” following Rafael Nadal’s win at the Australian Open. Djokovic had to watch from afar as his bid to become the all-time male leader in Grand Slam titles was taken away from him by Nadal in Australia.
Djokovic ended up being deported from Australia after a whirlwind week Down Under before the first major of 2022.
The Serbian tennis star had initially been given a medical exemption to take part in the event.
But the validity of Djokovic’s exemption from the Covid-19 vaccination was soon questioned by Border Force officials.
After initially winning his court case to be allowed into the country, Immigration minister Alex Hawke then exercised his personal power to cancel Djokovic’s visa for a second time.
That decision was then upheld by Chief Justice Allsop in Federal Court with three judges coming to the conclusion that Djokovic’s anti-vax views could be a threat to Australia’s public health.
The whole fiasco threatened to overshadow the Australian Open, but ultimately cost Djokovic a chance to win his 21st Grand Slam title.
There has since been further threats that he may be unable to compete in the French Open.
France announced they were tightening their vaccination rules last month from February 15.
Now, anyone who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus will need to show proof they tested positive for Covid-19 within the previous four month.
If those new requirements stay in place, that is likely to rule Djokovic out of defending his French Open title.
But it looks as though Djokovic could look to get the vaccine in order to give him a chance of competing.
His biographer, Daniel Muksch, has heard rumours from Djokovic’s camp that Nadal’s win in Australia is playing a role in his change of heart.
“What you hear from his environment, I think he’s getting vaccinated,” Muksch said on ServusTV.
“Maybe the final in Melbourne also contributed to that. Rafael Nadal’s 21 is driving him, no question.”
Following Nadal’s historic win in Melbourne, Djokovic was one of the first to congratulate his rival on the achievement.
He tweeted: “Congratulations to @RafaelNadal for 21st GS.
“Amazing achievement. Always impressive fighting spirit that prevailed another time.”