‘The hourglass is ticking’: Todd Woodbridge says he can’t imagine Djokovic not wanting to play the Australian Open

Former tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has claimed that it is hard to believe that a champion player like Djokovic is not wanting to play in the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic and Todd Woodbridge
Novak Djokovic and Todd Woodbridge

Novak Djokovic is a name to reckon with in the world of tennis. He has been a wonderful player for some years now, but the way he has played in 2021 is truly sensational. Winning 3 Grand Slams and reaching the finals of the fourth one is not an easy task to accomplish.

However, in recent times, Djokovic has been making the news for all the wrong reasons. A few days ago, Djokovic refused to talk about his vaccination status and instead blamed the media for creating a discourse due to which unvaccinated people are being discriminated against.

As soon as Djokovic refused to talk about his vaccination status, the Australian authorities claimed that unvaccinated players will most probably not be allowed to feature in the Australian Open next year and it seems unlikely that they will change their policies for one player.

‘Holding it close to your chest isn’t going to get the outcome solved’: Todd Woodbridge on Novak Djokovic’s stance on vaccination

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Talking about the controversy, former Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge claimed that if Djokovic doesn’t change his stance, he will most probably not get to play in the marquee tournament, “the fact that he says he’s not going to tell us whether he’s had it (the vaccination) or not, probably means he still hasn’t had the vaccination. It’s becoming increasingly likely that if you don’t have it, it’s going to be very hard to get here,” Woodbridge stated.

Woodbridge said that he can’t imagine Djokovic not being a part of the tournament where he has enjoyed so much success in the past. “Novak is waiting until the 11th hour to make that decision, I can’t imagine him not wanting to be here, not wanting to play in what has been his most successful tournament.”

That hourglass is ticking, and there’s not a lot left, he’s going to have to make that call one way or the other, and if he has it, he’s going to have to tell us. Holding it close to your chest isn’t going to get the outcome solved for him,” the Aussie further added.

Recently, Djokovic talked about the upcoming tournaments where he is going to play, and when asked about the Australian Open, he said that he wasn’t sure if he’ll be a part of it. Needless to say, the World No. 1 player’s absence from the first Grand Slam of the upcoming season is going to disappoint tennis fans across the globe who are eagerly waiting for Djokovic to win his 21st Grand Slam title.

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