Novak Djokovic’s biographer Daniel Muksch has said the tennis world number one could get a Covid-19 shot shortly after missing the Australian Open.
Djokovic, who was tied on 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, conceded joint first place to the Spaniard, who won the Australian Open to draw a clear round.
“From what I’ve heard from those around him, I think he’s getting the shot,” Muksch said. Heute. “Maybe the Australian final helped [to that decision].”
“It may be that Nadal’s 21 Grand Slams push him to do that,” he said.
The 34-year-old Serb resisted vaccination, which led to a legal battle upon his arrival in Melbourne. He was eventually deported by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who canceled the player’s visa.
Djokovic is expected to play next at the Dubai Open which starts on February 21. If he got vaccinated, he would also be eligible to play the first two Masters 1000 tournaments of the year in Indian Wells and Miami.
Getting vaccinated could also ensure his participation in Roland-Garros. Under recent rules announced by France, Djokovic would not be allowed to enter the unvaccinated country in May. All citizens and travelers in France must be vaccinated.
Djokovic claims to have tested positive for Covid-19 in mid-December. His recovery certificate will expire at the start of the next Grand Slam tournament.
“This will apply to anyone who is a spectator or professional sportsperson. And this until further notice. As for Roland Garros, it’s in May. The situation may change by then and we hope it will be more favorable. So we will see but clearly there is no exemption”, declared the French ministry of Sports.