SPECIAL GUEST: Greater Melbourne will be plunged back into a two-week stage 4 lockdown while Novak Djokovic is in town for the Australian Open.

The Serbian number 1 has won a medical exemption from Australian tennis officials, despite not being vaccinated.

And, unfortunately it’s Melbourne residents who will be paying the price.

“I know this decision to go back into lockdown will not a be popular one,” says Premier Dan Andrews.

“But seeing as Novak remains unvaccinated, we need to take every precaution.”

The lockdown will begin on January 16, when Djokovic arrives in Melbourne, and is set to be lifted on January 30th, when the tournament ends.

“Unfortunately this means all Australian Open matches will be played in empty stadiums,” says Dan Andrews. “But we encourage you to watch it on TV at home.”

And remember, you can only leave your home for essential reasons,” says Dan Andrews. “We’re all in this together.”