Jamie Murray has questioned the validity of Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open exemption which has allowed him to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year.
The world No.1’s participation at the tournament, which begins on January 17, has made all the headlines of late after he refused to confirm whether he had received a vaccination against coronavirus.
Australian Open organisers have declared that all players must be vaccinated, or have a medical exemption in order to participate.
It’s not been made clear what criteria Djokovic meets in order to be handed a medical exemption and two-time men’s doubles Grand Slam champion Murray reckons the same rules wouldn’t apply to him.
‘I don’t know what to say about that really. I think if it was me that wasn’t vaccinated I wouldn’t be getting an exemption,’ he said.
While Djokovic’s inclusion at the Australian Open is great for the sport, the reception he receives from the Australian crowd, who have endured harsh lockdown over the past two years, may not be too welcoming.
The Serb is is fully focused on defending his Australian Open crown and winning a record 21st Grand Slam.
‘Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet,’ he posted on social media, alongside a photo of himself in the airport.
‘I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!!’
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