'He will play': Aussie tennis great's huge call on Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic (pictured) in between points at the Paris Masters.
Aussie doubles great Todd Woodbridge thinks Novak Djokovic (pictured) will play at the Australia Open due to his chance to make history. (Getty Images)

Todd Woodbridge believes Novak Djokovic will travel to Australia for the first grand slam of the year because of the history on the line for the World No.1

Speculation has been in overdrive on whether the World No.1 will complete at the Australian Open due to Djokovic's unknown vaccination status.

Unvaccinated players will have to quarantine for two weeks if they are to participate in the first grand slam of the year.

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However, Victorian premier Dan Andrews is adamant no unvaccinated players will be granted entry to Melbourne Park leaving Djokovic's participation in doubt.

Recently, Djokovic addressed his fans and confirmed he will wait for more details about restrictions before making a decision on travelling to Australia.

However, Australian doubles great Woodbridge does not think Djokovic will pass up the opportunity to compete at his most successful grand slam.

Djokovic has won the Australian Open title nine times and is currently sitting equal with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the major race.

Many would suggest this is Djokovic's chance of creating men's tennis history, considering he has won eight of the last 11 Australian Open campaigns.

"I think given what's on the line, it would be amazing if he didn't turn up. Yeah, I do think he'll play," Woodbridge told AAP on Thursday.

On the other side of the coin, Woodbridge said if Djokovic opted not to play in Australia it would yet another example of Djokovic sticking to his beliefs and principles.

"It would be his own personal statement in a sense of what he believes in," Woodbridge added.

"I suppose that's what's given him that point of difference in his career, where he made the decision to make changes to his diet and his fitness and in his health.

"And that's up to him to make those choices.

"But I don't think Australia's going to be the only issue for him moving forward. It's more about how does the rest of the year play out if that were to happen."

Todd Woodbridge (pictured) speaking at the 2019 Australian Open Official Launch at Melbourne Park.
Todd Woodbridge (pictured) believes Novak Djokovic will compete at the Australian Open. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic waiting on Aus Open decision

Recently, Djokovic admitted he hadn't decided on whether he will compete at the Australian Open.

He also said it wasn't just him weighing-up his participation.

"Well, I'm going to decide on whether I go to Australia or not after I see the official statement from Tennis Australia," Djokovic said, ahead of his Paris Masters campaign.

"Right now, we don't have any official announcement or statement. So until that's out, I won't be talking about this anymore, because I don't want to be part of the stories about the assumptions and what-ifs

"When official condition requirements to travel to Australia and play in Australia are out, then obviously I'll see what I personally do with that, and also the bigger group of the players, you know, because the situation is obviously different in Australia than most parts of the world."

Djokovic secured his record breaking seventh year-end World No.1 accolade after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the Paris Masters final.

with AAP

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