Novak Djokovic prefers to lose trophies to get vaccinated against covid-19

Novak Djokovic, who was deported last January from Australia amid controversy over not being vaccinated against covid-19, said that he would be willing to sacrifice big tournaments rather than be forced to be immunized, but has rejected being associated with the anti-vaccine movement.

In an interview with the British network ‘BBC’, the player stated that he supports a person’s right to choose and that he has always been a defender of well-being and nutrition.

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When asked if he would miss tournaments like Wimbledon or Roland Garros, the tennis player replied: “Yes, that is the price I am willing to pay.”

The 34-year-old Serbian emphasized that he has always supported “ the freedom to choose what you put on your body”, so his decisions are “more important than any title or anything else”.

However, he did not close the door to that in a future receives the biological.

Departure from Australia

I have never used my privileged position to force my way into Australia

The tennis player was unable to participate in the Australian Open in mid-January, after the authorities canceled his visa and ordered to leave the territory.

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I am very disappointed by the court’s decision to dismiss my appeal against the minister’s decision to cancel my visa. I respect the court’s decision and will cooperate with the pertinent authorities in relation to my departure from the country”, he said at the time upon being notified of the Federal Court’s decision.

In the recent interview with ‘BBC’, Djokovic was sympathetic to the controversial decision and assured that he understood Australia’s severe restrictions due to the pandemic. He did mention that he felt “sad” about how the controversy with the Australian government ended.

“I agree that there should be no special rules. I have never used my privileged position to force my way into Australia. (…) I received an email (with the invitation to the tournament) in which the possibility was opened to go with a medical exception, ”he revealed.


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Also, stated that he had not been deported because he had not been vaccinated, had broken any rules, or had an error on his visa declaration.

“The reason I was deported was because the Minister Immigration used their discretionary right to cancel my visa because they thought I had created an anti-vaccine movement in the country. I totally disagree, “he commented.

He also maintained that he takes the covid-19 “very seriously”. Therefore, according to him, he has not neglected the constant performance of PCR tests, through which the presence of the virus has been detected twice.

Djokovic remains at the top of the list of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). At 34 years old, he surpasses Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal.