This is going to be the second consecutive occasion when six-time Melbourne champion Roger Federer is also not going to play. Federer, 40, from Switzerland, did not attend the first Grand Slam of the year last year due to injury. This will be the first time in the last 20 years (since 1999) that Federer was not going to play in the tournament for two consecutive years.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has started arising from a knee injury. World number one and nine-time record champion Novak Djokovic is yet to be confirmed. According to the rules of the Kvitoria government, it is necessary for every player playing here to take both doses of the corona.
According to media reports, the Serbian player is yet to make his position on vaccination clear. He recently withdrew from Serbia's ATP Cup team. If Djokovic doesn't play in Melbourne, it's going to be the first time in the last 17 years, he's been playing here continuously since 2005.