There is still uncertainty around Djokovic’s participation after players were told they would have to be fully vaccinated in order to participate or have a medical exemption granted by an independent panel of experts.
Australian Open organizers were not immediately available for comment when asked by CNN and no official announcement has been made.
Djokovic, who is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 grand slam singles titles, has not revealed his vaccination status; last year, his father said he was unlikely to defend his 2021 title due to the vaccine mandate.
But on Tuesday, the Serb posted a picture of him at an airport with a caption stating he was “heading Down Under.”
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022.”
This year’s tournament is set to run from January 17-30.