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Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on Australian Open status

LONDON — Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday at the Laver Cup. “So I’m hoping I will get some positive news.”

Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam champion — second among men, behind only Rafael Nadal‘s 22 and one ahead of Roger Federer‘s 20 — and he has won a record nine of those trophies at Melbourne Park.

But he was deported from Australia in January after a 10-day legal saga that culminated with his visa being revoked; he originally was granted an exemption to strict vaccination rules by two medical panels and Tennis Australia in order to play in the Australian Open.

Djokovic, 35, who is from Serbia, has insisted he will not get the coronavirus vaccine, even if it…


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