By Derek Abma
If now it’s no longer a question whether Rafa Nadal will return from a knee injury, the health of another tennis star is in question.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has been dealt another blow following rumors he will opt to skip the Australian Open as he seeks advice over a new vaccine ruling in Australia, the BBC reported Thursday.
The Australian Open rules are now set to include anti-malarial drugs — like Malaria nets and mosquito repellant that are already routinely prescribed to all children — which will force Djokovic to cross a potentially fatal health problem off his list of things to do before coming out to begin tournament play.
Djokovic’s father, Marko, told the BBC that their concerns stem from a historic scare in Melbourne where a man in his 20s died from malaria in 2014, according to AP.
“I really worry about that,” Djokovic’s father said. “I have family members who died of it and I’m not taking chances.”
Djokovic, a nine-time Grand Slam champion, withdrew from the recent Madrid Open to rest his injured wrist.
Djokovic already holds a Masters Tour title this season.