Vaccination is required for all players and personnel at the tournament unless an expert impartial panel grants an exception.
Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, has kept his immunization status a secret.
The event kicks off on January 17 in Melbourne.
On Tuesday, the 34-year-old posted on Instagram, “I’ve spent amazing quality time with my loved ones over the break and now I’m traveling down under with an exemption permit.” “Let’s make it 2022.”
“In the coming weeks of competition, I’m ready to live and breathe tennis.”
Tennis Australia, which organizes the tournament, verified the news, saying, “Novak Djokovic will compete in the Australian Open and is on his way to Australia.”
Craig Tiley, the chief executive of the Australian Open, announced earlier this week that some unvaccinated players have been granted waivers to compete in the year’s first Grand Slam.
Two different panels are evaluating medical exemption applications anonymously, with inflammatory heart disease or another urgent ailment mentioned as valid causes.
However, it’s probable that Djokovic has lately tested positive for the virus, allowing him to skip the inoculation.
Djokovic was granted an exemption following “a thorough evaluation procedure involving two different independent panels of medical specialists,” according to Tennis Australia.
“Fair and independent standards for considering medical exemption applications were created,” Tiley said in a statement on Tuesday. “This will enable us to ensure Australian Open 2022 is safe and pleasant for everyone.”
“The fact that the judgments were made by impartial medical professionals and that every candidate was given appropriate consideration was important to this process.”
Djokovic had withdrawn from the Serbia team for the ATP Cup in Sydney, raising questions over his participation at Melbourne Park.
While the criticism to the exception was “not surprising,” BBC tennis pundit Andrew Castle thought the ruling was “not unjust.”
“We have no idea what Djokovic’s medical exemption is, and we’ll never know because it’s a private matter,” Castle told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He must, nevertheless, have one. When the exemptions were announced, we expected this to happen. I’m not surprised by the reaction, but I will add that it’s not unjust because he was able to satisfy two separate panels.
“Is he leading the tennis world in the right direction? It’s debatable. He doesn’t appear to have breached any regulations, and he appears to have satisfied the independent panels, so we’re back to arguing over another Covid-related issue.
“I understand why the Australian populace is enraged. They’ve been through hell and back, and if the crowd boos him, as I expect, he’ll put it behind him and become the favorite to win. No one is disputing his tennis; the issue here is leadership and the example he is creating, but immunization is not required.”
Djokovic has won the past three Australian Opens and is tied for 20 majors with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in the all-time record. Federer will miss the tournament due to injury.
“He has a chance to set a new record,” Castle added. “Of course, from a tennis standpoint, the event would be worse off without him.” However, he’s never been as well-liked as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, and this won’t help him stay in this area of the world.
“It’s another big Covid squabble, and I’m ready for it to end.”