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ovak Djokovic expressed doubts about his Australian Open title defense in January after officials said unvaccinated players are unlikely to be allowed into the country.

But hopes that he could win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title in January appear to be fading as he hinted the announcement made it less likely he would compete in Melbourne.

Djokovic refused to reveal his Covid vaccination status and told Serbian Blic: “Things being as they are, I still don’t know if I will be going to Melbourne.

“I will not disclose my status whether or not I have been vaccinated, this is a private matter and an inappropriate investigation.

“People go too far these days in taking the liberty of asking questions and judging a person. Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I think about it’, they will take advantage.”

Victoria state, set to host the first Grand Slam of 2022, has introduced a vaccination mandate for professional athletes as it battles a resurgence of Covid-19.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday: “I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player will get a visa to enter this country and if he gets a visa he should probably be quarantined for a few weeks. “

In May, Djokovic said he hoped vaccination would not be made compulsory for players on the tour, insisting it should come down to freedom of choice.

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