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The first confirmations of Novak Djokovic’s status are starting to emerge in light of Australia’s away game: The 20-time Grand Slam champion actually decided to skip the ATP Cup scheduled in Sydney starting January 1. Jelena Medic from Serbian website Blic Sport In fact, he wrote that Noel will miss the team competition”Al 99%. There are no confirmations yet for the Australian Open, despite medical speculation that a decision should be made before the end of the year.

These are the words of a source close to the player:99% Novak will not play ATP [Cup]. He’s training but decided to skip this competitionDjokovic is in Belgrade now, where he spends Christmas with his family and shares the obligations of his foundation.

For Happy Slam, this decision can be interpreted in several ways. emphasis, The decision could only raise a certain amount of pessimism about his participation, or at least shed light on a decision that may still be evaluated by the nine-time Australian Open winner, whose vaccination status we remember is unknown.; That this is a particularly difficult decision is evidenced by the fact that even the tournament organizers have no idea what the Belgrade champion will do.

Initially, the Sydney office was pointed to as a potential “loophole” for any player who was not immune to participate in the Australian Open. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison I actually suggested That the state, NSW, would have applied for medical exemption for the players involved, subject to the latter accepting a 14-day quarantine (the rule in both states provides for this type of quarantine for those who have not completed a course of vaccination: here is the link for victoria and here this for New South Wales).

This solution was almost immediately rejected by the Prime Minister of Victoria, Daniel AndrewsAnd Which closed the door to customized solutions of this kind (Some players will participate in the tournament thanks to the exemption, but only after the decision of an independent commission). In addition, technical times are clearly absent as of today, as the ATP Cup will begin on January 1.

On the other hand, Djokovic prepared the extraordinary 2021 Grand Slam campaign in different ways: in Australia he played the ATP Cup after two weeks of seclusion, winning two of his two matches a week before the tournament (Nole has not lost in his competitive career, with eight victories out of eight in singles); Also in the week before Roland Garros chose to play, winning in Belgrade 2, while before Wimbledon he played only twice in Mallorca and before the US Open he did not play at all. for this reason, The fact that you don’t play before Melbourne is not an indicator on the part of the programming per se.

Thus, the formation of Serbia in the ATP Cup will consist of Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Matej Sabanov, Nikola Kasic e Nikola Milojevic. Also according to Blic Sport, not even the captain Victor Troicki It will fly down.

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