'We'll have to wait and see' - Novak Djokovic still unsure about Australian Open participation due to vaccine
"We'll see. We'll have to wait and see," Djokovic said when asked whether he had made up his mind about playing at the 2022 Australian Open and if he has spoken with Tennis Australia regarding their decision to accept only vaccinated players. "I haven't been talking to them to be honest. I was just waiting to hear what the news was going to be. Now that I know, we'll just have to wait and see."
'We'll have to wait and see' - Djokovic still unsure about Australian Open participation
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Following his defeat to Zverev, the Tokyo Olympic singles gold medallist, the Serb denied being exhausted at the end of what has been a stunning but also gruelling season for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
"Not at all, not at all. I did not feel tired at all," he said. "I could have gone for another few hours no problem.
"It's just a bad game. 2-1 down in the third set, a very bad game. Four unforced errors. In the conditions like this where you have one of the biggest servers in the game. It's difficult to come back from that. That's all it is."
Zverev said the situation is "not about tennis" and hopes that Djokovic will play at the Australian Open, despite him being a key rival.
"Look, this is a very tough one, because it's very political," Zverev said. "At the end of the day, I don't know his criteria. I don't know them to the point.
We are visiting another country, this is not about tennis. This is about the virus that is going on right? This is not about a tournament or tennis.
"We are visiting a different country. So at the end of the day, if the country is allowing us to enter, we need to follow the rules and follow the guidelines.
"I hope he's able to play, because at the end of the day, I'm No.3 in the world. If he doesn't play, it's easier to win the tournament. That is obvious. But also he's No.1 in the world, so he should be there.
"So I think, hopefully the Australian government will make an exemption or whatever it is, that they can do, for him to be able to participate there."
'This is not about tennis' - Zverev hopes Djokovic will play at Australian Open
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