Record Champion Novak Djokovic is intended to disclose the background for his medical exemption permit, which enable him to use his commitment in Melbourne at the Australian Open. This calls for tournament director Craig Tiles.
It would be very helpful if Novak would explain on what basis he has requested and received the exemption permit, said Tiles.
In society, due to the pandemic, one had two difficult years behind, we would be grateful for a few answers, says Tiles.
At the same time, the 60-year-old defended the integrity of the exceptional procedure. Of the approximately 3000 persons belonging to the stroke of Australian Open, 26 people had requested a special permit for entry. Only a few applications was granted.
Every person who fulfilled the requirements was approved by entry. Nobody was particularly favored, there was no special treatment for Novak, said Tiles.
Djokovic ‘vaccination status further unclear
Djokovic has not published his vaccination status. All participants in the Australian Open, the first Grand SLAM tournament of the year (from 17 January), must be vaccinated or submit a medical exemption permit.
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The world ranking Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times and could also lead to major recording champion with his tenth triumph. Currently, he is equal to Rafael Naval (Spain) and Roger Federer (Switzerland) at 20 Grand Slam titles.