“Freedom of Choice”: Novak Djokovic Explains His Stand On Getting COVID-19 Vaccine


Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Over the months, Coronavirus cases have been rising steeply all around the world. As a result, tennis players have also been forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While several players have been vaccinated, World No.1 Novak Djokovic admits it is freedom of choice for someone getting a vaccination. 

The 18-time Grand Slam Champion is now competing at the Serbia Open in Belgrade. The two-time former event title winner has booked his semifinal spot after a comfortable straight-sets(6-1, 6-3) win over compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic. 

In the post-match interview, Serb was asked about getting the Coronavirus vaccine. 

Djokovic replied, “I just feel it’s such a sensitive topic right now and people are getting very emotional about this, and I understand, there’s a lot going on for every country, our country here has been fighting this disease for a long time.”

“A lot of people want to go back to their normal life, whatever that was and trying to avoid infecting anyone or getting infected themselves, I understand that it’s a responsibility.”

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“But when it comes to vaccinations, I’ve always been a proponent of liberty and freedom of choice. I think this is something right now that I just don’t want to get involved in.”

Novak Djokovic Hopes COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Become Compulsory 

The six-time year-end No.1 also believes that the vaccine would not be compulsory to play in the ATP tour.

The 33-year-old Serbian continued, “If I say yes or no, I would be drawn into one team, so to say, and then there’s a lot of, I guess, conflict right now between people that want to get vaccinated and people who don’t want to get vaccinated.”

“Because there’s a lot of uncertainty out there so I don’t want to answer this question because I don’t want to be part of the media campaign and that game.” 

“I just don’t want it. The only thing I’m asking is for people to respect my decision to keep the decision to myself and that’s it. I have the right to do that and that’s it.” 

“Whoever wants to get vaccinated can get vaccinated and I respect that, who doesn’t want to, doesn’t have to.” 

“I hope that it doesn’t become compulsory (to be able to play on the ATP Tour), I can say that clearly right now, because I’m clearly against that.”

In Serbia Open 2021, No.1 seed Novak Djokovic will now face Aslan Karatsev for a championship match spot in Novak Tennis Centre. Serbian leads Russian 1-0 in their lifetime head-to-head series.

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