Australia’s Victorian State sports minister Martin Pakula has hit back at Novak Djokovic’s father’s covid ‘blackmail’ claim confirming that anyone entering Australia must show proof of vaccination.

“I want to make it clear that I really hope that Novak Djokovic gets vaccinated and plays in the Australian Open, but if he chooses not to that’s a matter for him,” Mr Pakula said in Melbourne.

“If you’re a visiting international tennis player or a visiting sportsman of any kind, it’s about your responsibility to the community that you are being welcomed into.

Craig Tiley and Novak Djokovic in the locker room after the Men’s final. Photo: Tennis Australia/ FIONA HAMILTON

“And that’s why we are asking those international tennis stars to follow the same requirements as Victorians are.

“It’s not about blackmail, it’s about making sure the Victorian community is protected.”

Srdjan Djokovic — speaking on Serbian TV earlier this week — said the stance was tantamount to ‘blackmail’.