Australian Open confident of Nadal’s presence, doubts Djokovic

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Rafael Nadal during a match in Abu Dhabi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Open boss Craig Tilly believes Rafael Nadal will head to Melbourne Park for next month’s Grand Slam despite being diagnosed with Covid-19, but says he still has to be certain. Don’t know from. Will Novak Djokovic play or not?

Nadal was infected with the new coronavirus while attending an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi last week and said he would decide on future tournaments based on his “development” in the coming weeks.

“I am sure Rafa will be here,” Tilly, the tournament organizer for the 20 Grand Slam champion, said on Wednesday.

“Tennis players who are testing positive now will complete a period of time until they are no longer contagious and will recover. If you are going to test positive and want to play at the Australian Open, the time is right now. ,

Tilly reiterated that all Australian Open tennis players and staff would either be vaccinated or given medical exemption by an independent expert panel.

These requirements prevent Djokovic, who refuses to say whether he has been vaccinated, citing his privacy, from confirming whether he will be pursuing his 21st Grand Slam title and tenth Australian Open trophy in January. do.

Tilly said he was not aware of any tennis player who has received medical exemption and it is up to the Serb to specify what criteria he will be entitled to enter Australia.

(by Nick Mulvaney in Sydney)

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